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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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Cecil Sanders, Jr.

February 20, 2012  1:15pm

Sorry, I'm not "smarter than a 5th grader." Please help me get it!

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Gerald Reilly

February 20, 2012  10:57am

I'm not seeing it. Perhaps this is why the econony is in such a mess. I think most people will be working on the puzzle and forget what you are talking about it.

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