Wednesday, August 29, 2012
A Riddle For You
Translated, the scientists claim that dumber people are more likely to believe in a god. That's a pretty heavy duty claim to make.
A bat and a ball cost $1.10, and the bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
The study results showed that religious people were more likely to leap intuitively to the wrong, if seemingly obvious, answer of 10 cents. Nonbelievers tended to reason harder and get it right.
I decided to put the study results to the test, because I do believe in a deity, yet I do not consider myself dumb. Perhaps you would like to try coming up with your own solution before you look at mine.
Here is my solution:
A bat and a ball cost $1.10 I translated this into equation #1:
B + b = 1.10
The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. I translated this into equation #2:
B = 1 + b
Substituting the value of B in equation #2 back into equation #1, I rewrite equation #1 as:
1 + b + b = 1.10
Now solve this last equation for b:
1 + 2b = 1.10
2b = .10
b = .05 or the ball costs 5 cents
I would like to think that my results blew the study to smithereens, for clearly although I am "a religious person," I am also not a dumb person. I guess right now I just don't like the American Psychological Association. What do you think?