All entries for Sunday 23 January 2005
January 23, 2005
Just don't even try expect anything, read on…
Basically a prisoner is told by a judge in court that he will be hanged next week but the day of the hanging will be a surprise. The prisoner realizes that if he wakes up Saturday morning and finds himself not dead, then he can't be hanged that day because it would not be a surprise. By induction of course, he then eliminates Friday and so on for every day of the week.
But come Wednesday he was hanged — much to his surprise — as the judge promised.
A highly superior being from another part of the galaxy presents you with two boxes, one open and one closed. In the open box there is a thousand-pounds. In the closed box there is either one million pounds or there is nothing. You are to choose between taking both boxes or taking the closed box only. But there's a catch.
The being claims that he is able to predict what any human being will decide to do. If he predicted you would take only the closed box, then he placed a million pounds in it. But if he predicted you would take both boxes, he left the closed box empty. Furthermore, he has run this experiment with 999 people before, and has been right every time.
*What do you do? *
I've only ever heard of one satisfying response.