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Does anyone truly have the answer?
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PostPosted: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 1:04 am    Post subject: philosophy Reply with quote

hay.mail@btinternet.com wrote:
I am not sure what kind of school you went to then. Generally in mathematics, the method is at least as important as the result.

In this case, the "answer" appears to give you the correct result every time but if the original inventor of the game included a condition that every millionth roll had the result "fish" then does your answer still work? Your answer would work for 999,999 rolls then suddenly it would be wrong. You would have no way of knowing that it was wrong until the millionth roll.

This is a problem that all physics theories have to face. They can never fully determine the behaviour of the universe, they can only offer an approximation that is correct almost all of the time.



I see the philosophical point you are making. Consider then
how the game propagates: No one ever tells anyone else
the answer, they only present a finite number of dice patterns
and scores. When the observer predicts 6 or more scores
in a row, they are to conclude that they are "a potentate"
and in turn present the puzzle to another observer. So, if
the answer was "fish" for 1 of 10^6 patterns as presented
by the puzzle originator, then that part of the puzzle would
almost certainly be lost as the puzzle propagated. The rules
would be "cleansed" of any exceptions to the simple rules.
On the other hand, someone could change the rules when
it becomes their turn to present it (the 1 die could contribute
a score of -2 or something). So there isn't a universal
truth to discover, instead two people play the game until
the observer either gives up or decides that she has the
solution. No absolute confirmation ever takes place.
Best,
Balto
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PostPosted: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 4:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Does anyone truly have the answer? Reply with quote

hay.mail@btinternet.com wrote:
For those of you who have the "answer", how do you know that this answer is in fact correct? Unless you have cheated and checked out the source code, then you have based your answer on observations. The answer if far from proved correct.


I understand what you're trying to put across, but if you are in doubt of your method used and still don't get it (the puzzle) even though your answers are right, you probably got it wrong.

Trust us, once you have gotten it truly right, you will know it is right. Razz
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