Logical Thinking

The theory behind teaching college students higher maths isn’t that they will need to solve quadratic equations in real life, but that it teaches logical thinking. I’m not sure I believe that anymore. There are a lot of stupid people with college degrees.

This is a logic puzzle. You won’t need math to solve it.

You are shown a set of four cards. Each card has a number on one side, and a color on the other side. We would like to test the truth of the following statement:

If a card shows an even number on one face, then its opposite face is blue.

What is the minimum number of cards that must be turned over to prove that statement is true? Which cards must be turned over?

This is an open thread.

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121 Responses to Logical Thinking

  1. Myiq2xu says:

  2. Myiq2xu says:

    The Prog mind:

    One would expect a nation’s leader to be vastly intellectually and emotionally superior to the ordinary citizen schmucks.

    Why do Democrats hate democracy?

    • swanspirit says:

      The Prog mind, is an echo chamber. That is why they follow Obama in such a cult like fashion. They need someone to tell them what to think. Once they have that, they use their mostly otherwise college degrees to find other ways to repeat the echo. There has been a huge gap in the echo chamber since Jon Stewart went off the air.
      Their fearless blog leader has no original thoughts; he scours the internet and and watches tv for “thoughts” and then regurgitates them ; and if that is pointed out to him, he goes off on you and blocks you from his little world.

      • piper says:

        Surely you jest – obama scouring the internet for thoughts. He has minions to do the dirty work for him.
        Too busy watching the sports channels and doing photo ops for his ‘legacy’

        • swanspirit says:

          I was referring to the “blog leader” John Cole. he owns the echo chamber we mock known as Balloon Juice, or buffoon jokes, or some other acronym for BJ 🙂

    • Venus says:

      One would expect a nation’s leader to be vastly intellectually and emotionally superior to the ordinary citizen schmucks.

      True. The nation’s leader is ordained by God to rule. /s

      • Myiq2xu says:

        Instead of elections we should just give everybody an IQ test and a psych eval. Whoever gets the highest combined score will be appointed as our leader.

  3. Myiq2xu says:

    • piper says:

      The new meme that a college professor is using as a motivational force against gun lobbyists and owners – can’t guess what it is ——————————————–
      If you guessed correctly you win the lovely first prize – a night with Cher, second prize – dinner cooked by Michelle and third prize – a hug from Bronco.

    • SHV says:

      “”A violent felon can buy the exact same weapon over the internet with no background check, no questions asked.”
      That’s true; he can buy it, but he can’t take possession without going through the “process”.

      • Somebody says:

        Yes, it seems Obama learned word parsing 101 from the Clintons.

        • leslie says:

          I think they all have learned word parsing and I am sick and tired of having to read between the words. So I am not doing it any more. If they can’t be “transparent” and truthful then eff them all.😦
          I have things to do and books to read and retirement years to fulfill.

    • Somebody says:

      Not shocking at all, but I’m sure there will be a million excuses about how it was all a big misunderstanding……they’re the religion of peace after all.

  4. Somebody says:

    I think we should petition the courts to rename my youngest grandchild Mayhem

    I didn’t buy industrial size, but I did buy an economy sized bag of mini-marshmallows and I’ve been cleaning them up off my floor and furniture all morning……..nice and smooshed and sticky as hell. My penance for having logged on here for just a few quick minutes this morning. I swear that child gets into EVERYTHING, bonus she can now open all doors and unlock all locks including any and all child-proof locks…..FML!!

    • leslie says:

      Hah! IKWYM.
      Yesterday I was on the phone for the first time ever whilst babysitting. I was trying to make an appointment for acupuncture to ease the pain from sciatica. My grandbaby sat on the floor, when she wasn’t pulling herself up on my lap, sobbing and demanding that I read to her. I laughed later, but at that point, I had to tear myself away and walk to another room to try to make that appointment. I was grateful that the therapist could relate as she has her own little ones. But, when I returned to the room – in less than 2 minutes – there was a field of destruction that needed to be cleaned up.
      What 21 month-old doesn’t like to get her way????

    • piper says:

      Need to hide any goodies on a high shelf in your bedroom closet so you’ll have a week or two before she discovers your latest hiding place. Good luck
      Funny story – my nephew learned how to climb before walking and his parents would find him in unusual spots like the top of the couch or on the third shelf from the bottom of the bookcase and once on top of the dinning room table.

  5. leslie says:

    I realize the Crying Dictator post was yesterday, but I had been babysitting the first 2 days of this week. By the time I actually read the post through, I was too tired to contribute. Bronco is a liar and a fraud (but I repeat myself). And for those who actually believe anything he says – well, they won’t be reading this or accepting this . . .

    “… It no longer matters what the Constitution says. All that matters is that our politicians care about people like us. During the 2012 election, Mitt Romney won a wide variety of exit polls regarding policy, from leadership skill to values. But he lost the election because Obama clocked him 81 percent to 18 percent on the crucial issue of “cares about people like me.”
    And now Obama has come to collect.
    But he can’t do it without the tears. That’s because the tears grant him the patina of vulnerability.”


  6. Myiq2xu says:

    Noemie Emery:

    Sometime in the spring of 2007, something strange happened to the Iraqi coverage in the national media — it disappeared. Or rather, as soon as the news ceased to be bad, the media lost interest in covering it. It was not till July, when Michael O’Hanlon reported back from the front that the surge had been working, that the world started to realize what happened. To them, the fact that George W. Bush had succeeded in something was what the press couldn’t bear to believe.

    Something of the sort is happening now in reverse regarding the current Middle East crises, which make Iraq in 2006 seem calm in comparison. This time the press, which can no longer deny that the world has been going to hell since Barack Obama started unleashing his peacemaking powers, is doing its best to insulate him completely from any possible blame for it all. Where Bush was asked every day if he regretted invading Iraq, Obama is never asked if he thinks leaving Iraq had something to do with the chaos engulfing the region, or the vulnerability of citizens here and in Europe to Islamic State-inspired attacks.

    And while Bush was held responsible for every last casualty that occurred anywhere while he held office, Obama is absolved from responsibility for the massacres, rapes and enslavement of innocents that have followed his numerous foreign policy blunders — given a pass as the victim of forces he did not enable and disasters he didn’t create.

    “Be very glad we don’t have a Republican president,” Walter Russell Mead told us in May of last year, warning that if such were so we would be enduring a “merciless media pounding” on the series of “failures, mistakes, and false starts” that have been our lot since Obama took office. Instead, we have a Democrat who is allowed by the press to fail quietly, discreetly, and off center stage. Thus, into a second year of beheadings and horror, we see headlines like “Attacks Don’t Shake President’s Faith in Patient Strategy” (Washington Post); “Speech Was a Plea for Patience and National Unity” (New York Times); and “Obama Addresses a Shifting Landscape,” (Washington Post), suggesting support for a put-upon leader facing conditions he never expected to meet.

    • piper says:

      This time the press, which can no longer deny that the world has been going to hell since Barack Obama started unleashing his peacemaking powers, is doing its best to insulate him completely from any possible blame for it all.
      This statement says it all!!!!!!

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Did Shaun King fall for a fake Ammon Bundy account ? LOL ! Even if was true, he’s the last person who should telling people who they can relate too, he’s still white🙂

  8. Myiq2xu says:

    Via Scott Adams Blog:

  9. piper says:

    Stolen from K. Marge at Rev. Amy’s place

  10. piper says:

    ISIS already control the Libyan Mediterranean port city of Sirte, which they would then use to distribute their oil globally. Pretty sophisticated for a JV team, ‘eh?

    Link: http://www.weaselzippers.us/249190-isis-battles-regime-forces-as-it-presses-its-advance-on-libyas-key-oil-fields/

  11. Myiq2xu says:

    Kevin Williamson:

    As he enters the last full year of his presidency, Barack Obama remains bereft of the services of the one man who could make his administration complete.

    I refer, of course, to Newt Gingrich.

    Recall, if you can, the heady days of 2008. Barack Obama, a relatively obscure figure, had just snatched the Democratic nomination from the pitiless Clinton machine, announcing the arrival of a genuinely new kind of political operation, albeit one dedicated to the service of an all-too-familiar and decrepit ideology. America wanted to see the man succeed, and even some conservatives (some of whom have since confessed their error) saw in him a newness and a freshness that seemed to compare favorably to the apparently eternal fixedness of Senator John McCain (R., Café Milano). Even those of us who saw through Obama’s phony pragmatism hoped that a few months in the saddle might make something of a realist out of him. If only Nixon could go to China, only a Democrat can reform Social Security.

    The nation was quickly disabused of its fantasies regarding Barack Obama, who turned out to be simultaneously more ideological and less interested in policy particulars than most had imagined. He is an intelligent man, but his intelligence is expressed mainly in cleverness. He is a canny campaigner but not much more. To the extent that he has an interest in what George H. W. Bush contemptuously described as “the vision thing,” Obama is strictly a dorm-room thinker. Nineteen eighty-two is a great vintage for Bordeaux, but not for progressive political philosophy.

    President Obama does not have the advantages that made President Clinton a success. Barack Obama is a man who has been given the benefit of the doubt his entire life, a man intellectually hobbled by excessive praise, whereas Bill Clinton, a scheming lowlife nobody from Tornado Bait, Ark., forever had to prove himself. But Clinton, who is a bit smarter than Obama, understood that in electoral politics he didn’t have to be the best — he just had to be better than the other guy on the ballot. Does anybody even remember who came in second to Bill Clinton in the 1992 Democratic primary campaign? (The eternal Jerry Brown; third place belonged to Paul Tsongas.) Those of you who remember the 1992 election will remember that Clinton talked endlessly about “Change” — no “Hope and™” before it — and was insistently vague about what he meant by that. All he had to be was not George H. W. Bush, whose patrician visage had been in the voters’ faces for a political generation, and that was enough.

    But after the election, Clinton & Clinton, “co-presidents,” were the whole show in Washington. And that was a disaster for them, a political catastrophe from which they were rescued by the Republican revolution of 1994 and the ascent of Newt Gingrich. Gingrich and Clinton had (and have) a great deal in common — from raw brainpower to unruly personal appetites — but that simply made for better drama: Marc Antony and Brutus likewise had a lot more in common with each other than either did with the average Roman plebeian. Gingrich saved Bill Clinton. (He also got him to sign welfare reform and drop some bad ideas.) Gingrich, and to a lesser extent Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated various Clinton scandals, provided Clinton with a foil. Clinton may have been a Dimmesdale, but so long as he had a Republican Chillingworth to denounce, he was golden: The man threw a party — in the Rose Garden — after his impeachment.

    Barack Obama has been carried across the finish line by the same kind of dynamic more than once: He may have been a cipher in 2008, but he was not Hillary Rodham Clinton, and that appealed to many Democrats. Abraham Lincoln would have had a hard time winning as a Republican in 2008, but there was a bull market in Not-McCain, followed by a similar surge in Not-Romney shares four years later.

    But on a day-to-day basis, Barack Obama is a victim of his own dominance. There is no Republican bogeyman for him to position himself in opposition to, and he suffers for it. Neither Mitch McConnell in the Senate nor John Boehner in the House, nor the new speaker, Paul Ryan, was or is enough of a Big Bad to counterbalance President Obama. Trump? Not really. In the Washington cliché, Obama sucks the oxygen out of every room he enters.

    The part about Trump was a cheap shot – DT isn’t running against Obama and he hasn’t been in DC the past 7 years.

  12. Myiq2xu says:

  13. Myiq2xu says:

    I doubt he cares. He has his own money. Other candidates have to kiss ass for dollars.

  14. Dora says:

    Our beautiful new First Lady to be.

    Melania Trump’s American Dream

    Donald Trump’s first lady talks candidly about her husband’s controversial presidential bid, the secrets to their happy marriage, and why she’s stayed out of the spotlight­ until now.


    • DeniseVB says:

      I’ve read a lot of Michelle Obama interviews and Melania seems so much more refined …. and intelligent than the Harvard Law grad. Make the White House Classy and Respectful Again !🙂

  15. Dora says:

    Build The Wall!!!

    CREDIBLE THREATS: “Military age Afghan and Pakistani Muslim men” caught sneaking into U.S. at San Diego’s southern border

    Among the several dozen Pakistani and Afghan men who have entered the U.S. illegally, coming into San Diego from Tijuana, two were found to have ties to terrorist groups, according to a letter sent by U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter to the Department of Homeland Security.


  16. Myiq2xu says:

    Remember when AI was more about the talent than the drama?

  17. Justice4All says:

    “The theory behind teaching college students higher maths isn’t that they will need to solve quadratic equations in real life, but that it teaches logical thinking. ”
    If you are over the age of 15 and can’t factor a quadratic, you are a retard (and a Democrat, but I repeat myself). Math is good for logical thinking, but it is hardly taught these days.

  18. Myiq2xu says:

    I❤ Ace:

    Should Melissa Click, Useless Professor of Watchin' TV Who Called for "Muscle" to Silence Reporter, Be Fired From Her Make-Work Job at Mizzou?

    Why yes, she should be.

    I would prefer it, actually, if we were not living in the sort of world in which people were routinely fired or hounded out of college for their speech.

    But that is not the world we live in — thanks to people like Melissa Click, vicious, lunatic totalitarians who are militant, zealous religious maniacs for their bizarre cult.

    Given the rule we live under — thanks to people like Melissa Click — that anyone offending a Community Sacred Totem must be exiled from the tribe, then, per the rule of Melissa Click, she must be fired.

    Free speech is my Sacred Cult Dogma. So you've aggressed against me and made me feel "Unsafe."

    And therefore, you must go.

    Otherwise, I am living in a world in which your cult beliefs have somehow been incorporated into the text of the Constitution, with nary a vote, not even a proposal, and my beliefs have been deemed officially fringe and minor.

    I refuse.

    It is terrible to live under these rules in which anyone, right or left, can be fired from their jobs for upsetting their feelings.

    But, and this is critical:

    It is infinitely worse if only those persons accused of upsetting a Tribal Fetish of the Left, and only the Left, are shot out of their jobs.

  19. Myiq2xu says:

  20. Dora says:

    They better look for a bigger venue. There’s time.

    Donald Trump’s campaign issues 20,000 tickets for 1,400 rally seats

    Burlington police: After capacity met, attendees to be turned away


  21. Dora says:

    Donald Trump Questioned Again In New Hampshire About Ted Cruz “Eligibility”….

    In November democrat Alan Grayson stated his intention to sue Ted Cruz over his eligibility or lack thereof. Trump appears to be responding (below) to the intent of Grayson to tie up the issue in court:

    According to the outline in the following documentation (Birth Certificate Below), both of Ted Cruz’s parents were Canadian Citizens at the time he was born in Calgary:


    • westcoaster says:

      I thought you had to be born on American soil (even McCain was born on US territory). This article for The Hill says that anyone born to one American parent can be president:

      • DandyTIger says:

        McCain was born in Panama, Romney in Mexico, Cruz in Canada. Before that Goldwater was born in the Arizona Territory (before it was a state). There may be others. The important factor for all of them is that at least one parent was a US citizen. That’s all it takes to be a natural born US citizen.

      • DandyTIger says:

        Having said that, I think this is a brilliant move by Trump. Cruz has edged out ahead and Iowa, and I think making this noise, even with no legal relevance, will have an effect. And I should say, even though McCain, Romney, and even Goldwater, were all legally fine in running, you can’t ignore the fact that they lost. And that issue may have been a factor in some of the GOP base not coming out to vote for them.

        • Myiq2xu says:

          Scott Adams called it a “kill shot”

        • Venus says:

          The real beauty of it, IMO, is that Trump doesn’t actually question his eligibility — if you listen to the actual interview (rather than just read the reportage), Trump says “As far as he knows, attorneys have all looked at it, and he’s eligible.” BUT, he goes on, people have brought it up (the Grayson lawsuit) and it’s “precarious to have a legal challenge hanging over the nominee’s head on the issue.”

          Trump has been under-estimated from Day 1 — I myself admit to having under-estimated him in the beginning.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            Me too. I didn’t consider him a serious candidate until fairly recently.

          • Venus says:

            Hand to God, reading Scott Adams/Dilbert blogs on Trump (I started around the the Carly/”look at that face” comment) has done as much to make me consider Trump as a serious candidate as his crowds and poll numbers have.
            And what do you know — that son of a bitch Trump actually says some thing I agree with! Hell, and at least I don’t *know* that he’s lying to me (like I *know* the GOPe and Dem candidates are).
            He’s still my ultimate FU-to-the-UniParty vote, though.

  22. Myiq2xu says:

    My mom called right before lunch and asked me to go to the store for her. She says she had a list and some money. I tell her okay. Then I look outside. It’s pouring rain. (El Nino esta aqui)

    I check Weatherunderground.com and see that there should be a break in the rain in a bit. So I call mom back and tell her I’ll go after lunch between the storms. “Don’t fall asleep and forget!” she tells me.

    I go over about 1:30 pm. She has 4 items on her list: bread, onions, mushrooms and 2 “D” batteries.

    I bring my loose change (pennies, nickles and dimes) to redeem at the Coinstar machine. It’s in a baggie that weighs down my jacket pocket. I pull into the Savemart parking lot. It’s not raining.

    First I go into the Goodwill to see if they have any old VHS tapes or DVD’s I want. Then I walk across the lot to Savemart. I redeem my coins for $8 and something. I start shopping. I get my mom’s stuff and a few things for myself. I am in the checkout line when I realize I forgot the batteries. There is a line behind me and my stuff is on the conveyor belt already. I decide to stop at the RiteAid drugstore on the way back and get the batteries. When I walk outside it still isn’t raining.

    I get to RiteAid and as I am walking in the door I see Diet Pepsi on sale for 4-12pks for $10 – the lowest price I have seen in years. I grab 4 12-pks and throw them in the cart. Then I go look for the batteries. $7 bucks for 2 “D” batteries! That more than makes up for the cheap sodas.

    I walk outside and there is a huge black cloud almost overhead and moving my way. It’s already starting to sprinkle. I think to myself that I should get home just before it starts to pour.

    I go by mom’s, run in with her stuff and her change, then rush home. It’s just starting to come down hard when I pull into my garage. I am feeling a little proud of myself for not getting wet.

    As I walk inside the phone is ringing. It’s mom. “Where’s the bread?” she asks.

    Now I am waiting for another break in the storm to go back for the bread I forgot.

  23. Dora says:

    • DandyTIger says:

      So sad. The only question is does Bill’s rape and womanizing history effect Hillary’s run. It should since she’s campaigning with the gender card. And maybe it was a factor in ’08. Here’s a prediction: it will not be a factor if she’s running against anyone other than Trump.

      • Somebody says:

        That’s about like saying the sun will rise in the east Dandy. Nobody but Trump has the balls to raise the issue.

        Speaking of Bill’s issues. I read an American Thinker article yesterday about a lawsuit that may open the Epstein can of worms again. Did you know Epstein plead guilty and was sentenced to 18 months, of which he only had to serve 13. In addition to that he only had to sleep at the jail, he got to spend the rest of his time at his Palm Beach mansion……just report to jail to go night, night.

        Somehow it was argued and a judge accepted that his victims didn’t have victim rights because they participated in the sex. Two of the victims are now suing the government because of that. Another tid bit, Ken Starr is one of Epstein’s attorneys as well as Dershowitz.

        • Myiq2xu says:

          If I did what he did I would be doing hard time until I was very old or dead.

          • Myiq2xu says:

            The dirty truth is that the rich AND powerful (it’s never rich OR powerful) live by different rules and standards. It has always been that way, and it will always be that way.

            But every once in a while, some real justice happens.

          • Somebody says:

            The whole cabal that frequented Epstein’s island were the very rich and the very powerful. It would be fantastic karma if some real justice came their way!

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  27. Somebody says:

    Just need to vent and I thought you all would get a kick out of this too. My youngest is taking online classes and she is currently taking US History. OMG, I’ve corrected so many things, but the 1980’s take the cake.

    The 1980’s, Americans were so frustrated they elected an actor named Ronald Reagan as POTUS. OMFG, seriously?? They don’t mention that he was a two term governor of our largest state or even his time as president of the screen actors guild…….nope he just went from a crappy acting career to POTUS, because we were desperate. The curriculum goes straight from Vietnam and Watergate to Reagan……Carter apparently never happened. They don’t give any background as to what was happening that made everyone feel so desperate.

    Reagan’s economic policies were so radical his running mate George H. W. Bush called them voo doo economics and later when Bush was elected POTUS for one term he would bear the consequences of his predecessor’s economic experiment. The members of Congress were so desperate to get the economy going that they voted in Reagan’s tax and spending cuts. The result was that for the first time in our history we eschewed the principle of every American having a basic standard of living and veered away from “The Great Society”. His policies were massive tax cuts for the wealthy, deregulating industries by taking away such things as emission standards and safety standards on auto-mobiles, deregulating banks which would later lead to failures, and massive spending cuts for everything from social programs to mass transportation. Government spending was cut in every budget except the military.

    Other highlights from Reagan, the war on drugs, he refused to acknowledge aids, homelessness increased dramatically, the economy crashed but eventually came around for little while and then in 1987 the stock market crashed. The only jobs added during the decade were low paying service jobs, farms failed. He invaded the tiny island country of Grenada (the student isn’t told why, just that he invaded it). He armed the Mujahideen with a big asteric because that later turned out really badly and led to the Taliban…..no mention of the USSR, the cold war or anything, nope Reagan just had a hard on to tinker in Afghanistan kind of like he just wanted to invade that tiny little island. The only other thing Reagan accomplished was just before he left office he signed an arms treaty with the Soviet Union, which they treat as a minor thing.

    I’ve never been in the camp that thinks Reagan should be sainted, but damn. This US History course is SO slighted and SO full of bullshit it makes me want to scream. I know my daughter needs the credit and I read and talk to her about the lessons, but I am so sick of this. What about the kids whose parents never bother to find out what their kids are being taught? So those kids go through life believing the crap they learned, argh! World History sucked too…..islam is so peaceful, islam liberates women, blah fucking blah. I know, I know without an education my kid won’t go anywhere in life and it’s all about getting that piece of paper/sheepskin.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      A life skill that really helps in college and business is learning to tell teachers and bosses what they want to hear. You are not obligated to believe any of it.

      • Somebody says:

        True that! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told my kids exactly that. Do what you need to do, get the grade/promotion and move on.

        • Somebody says:

          My poor daughter, she had to listen to me correct the 80’s and now her dad is her room lecturing her. I guess between us she’ll get a really balanced view, dad was a life long lib until 2008…..you all know I’m a republican. I can hear him in there going on about Iran Contra, which wasn’t even mentioned in the lesson…..shock of shocks. She’s going to be so confused when she takes her exam trying to remember what the book said and what we said, LOL!

    • 1539days says:

      Reagan started out as an FDR Democrat.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        I grew up thinking that the Red Scare of the 50’s was just a bunch of hysteria. Later I learned that Alger Hiss and the Rosenbergs really were guilty.

        • 1539days says:

          McCarthy overreached, but his detractors also made sure everyone knew he was a drunk after the fact just for extra character assassination.

  28. Myiq2xu says:

    I may have mixed up the facts a little.

  29. Venus says:

    Telephone conversation with my mother just now:

    : Why don’t the women in Germany get guns? {to prevent future attacks like the ones New Year’s eve}

    Me: There is no 2nd Amendment in Germany, mom.

    Mom: Really? {silence}

    Me: Mom?

    Mom: Will you go with me to buy a gun and teach me how to shoot it?

    This, all from a 68 year old woman who before this has never even wanted to *look* at a gun, much less own one.

    • lyn says:

      LOL. Leslie and I joined the NRA in November. We each announced it on Twitter, and the NRA people who responded were so nice.

  30. westcoaster says:

    OT: Prince George goes to nursery school (cuteness alert)

  31. westcoaster says:

    Chinese stock market closed Thursday morning after only 30 minutes

  32. Dora says:

    Woods: I challenge Hillary Clinton to a lie detector test for the sake of my son killed at Benghazi

  33. Dora says:

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