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Puzzle Shows Our Need to Slow Down and Pay Attention

In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, the Nobel Prize winning economist Daniel Kahneman uses a simple puzzle to show the importance of slowing down and paying attention. Kahneman writes, "Do not try to solve [this puzzle] but listen to your intuition:

A bat and a ball cost $1.10. The bat costs one dollar more than the ball. How ...

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Bruce Kochsmeier

February 23, 2012  7:48pm

You've got to be kidding! As a sermon illustration this would be SO confusing and you'd never get people back. There are way to many possibilities and people would be thinking about THEIR solution while the sermon goes on.

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CHRIS EDERESINGHE

February 23, 2012  5:37pm

Sometimes it is easy to jump to hasty conclusions ( such as the immediate hasty conclusion that the bat = $1.00 and ball + 10 cts.. Too many people (including many Christians) often jump to hasty spiritual conclusions based on apparent contradictions in the Bible. The Bible needs to be searched (John 5:39), and studied (2 Timothy 2:15), not just hastily skimmed over or randomly perused. The Bible is not a buffet where one can pick and choose what suits one'ss tastes and fancy,; rather, it is a banquet, where the entire meal has to be eaten!!

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Bill Heatley

February 21, 2012  1:02pm

ball + (ball + $1.00) = $1.10 ball + ball = $.10 ball = $.05 The bat is the cost of the ball plus $1.00 and then you still have to buy the ball.

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Walter Griffen

February 20, 2012  5:01pm

Or, think of it this way. If both the bat and the ball are $.05 and then you tell me the bat costs $1 more than the ball, the answer would be $1.05. Someone out there is laughing their heads off at us as we are missing the original point.

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Walter Griffen

February 20, 2012  4:58pm

If the bat is $1.00 more than the ball, then the difference between the two is $1.05 and the ball is $.05. Again, you have to slow down and think about it, and just like the 3D visual puzzles, it takes a bit.

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