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08 September 2002 @ 10:02 am
Thought for today  
That brings us back to those trick questions. What makes them tricky is that they rely on the likelyhood that your thinking is conditioned to move in only one direction with respect to the information given. When you are given the answer, you feel a little foolish, perhaps even irritated, because you have been taken advantage of. That's because you instantly realize that you should have known the answer all the time, if only you'd thought about it. But you couldn't have thought about it because your thinking process was preconditioned.
-The Mensa Genius Quiz Book, Dr. Abbie Salny, Marvin Grosswirth
Mr. Flibble: Very Crosscrispengray on September 8th, 2002 11:05 am (UTC)

What time are we decking the halls with guns and ammo today?
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on September 8th, 2002 11:21 am (UTC)
I believe we said 6 for today. If you show up earlier, I guess we'll just have to watch some Zimmy goodness.

I make no promises to be home before 5, though.
WendoPainwendopain on September 8th, 2002 12:30 pm (UTC)
hmm.. preconditioned thought... I see that more and more in the youth of today.
Mr. Flibble: Very Crosscrispengray on September 8th, 2002 12:45 pm (UTC)

Do you only notice it because you've been expecting to find it? ;)
WendoPainwendopain on September 8th, 2002 12:48 pm (UTC)
I just listen to what my students have to say... maybe it was the same when I was kid... you're right... I just notice it a lot more now... don't know if I'm looking for it or not.