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Posted 25 May 2012 - 01:11 PM
You will not poison him with any subtance that would kill you.
If assumed true, the child would come back unpoisoned.
If assumed false, the child would be poisoned by the crocodile and eaten knowing that it would kill himself, which he would never do.
So, it would be the correct answer and the mother would get back her child!
Posted 31 May 2012 - 03:43 AM
If it is true, the crocodile will give the boy back. If it's not, the crocodile is supposed to eat the boy but then the lady's guess became true. so the answer is "I guess you'll eat him."
Posted 13 June 2012 - 12:20 PM
Let us start by assuming that the croc plans to return the child. If the mother says "You will return him," then she guessed correctly and the croc will return the child. If the mother says, "You will eat him," then she guessed incorrectly, and consequently the croc will eat the child. However, this is exactly what the mother said the croc would do, so he is forced to return the child, but that leaves us back where we started, and on and on and on in a never-ending loop. Now let us assume that the croc plans to eat the child. If the mother says "You will return him," the croc will eat the child. If the mother says, "You will eat him," then she correctly predicts the croc's course of action and the croc is forced to return the child, but then again because the croc is returning the child and not eating him, the mother did not make the correct prediction, so the croc will eat the child; this is another endless loop.
So, if the mother says you will return the child, she has a probability of getting the child back that is equal to the probability that the croc already decided to return the child. Of course 1 - (that probability) equals the probability of the child being eaten. However, if she tells the croc that he will eat the child, the result is a endless loop. Now at this stage the answer depends on other players in the scenario. If there are none, then as mentioned previously she should say, "You will return the child" because this is the best (only) chance for her to get the child back--saying "You will eat him" will result in the croc taking an infinite amount of time to come to a decision. However, if there are other players in the scenario, then the mother should say "You will eat him" to ensure the safety of the child while she runs for help--she can find a hunter to kill the croc while he is stuck in the endless loop, for instance.
Edited by dzfan, 13 June 2012 - 12:29 PM.
Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:46 PM
Posted 27 June 2012 - 03:51 PM
Posted 28 June 2012 - 06:05 AM
Mafiosos and mafiosas of the world, unite! And then kill each other in a particularly tricky move that everyone suspects but never anticipates.
stand back. I'm going to apply logic.
Posted 15 July 2012 - 12:56 AM
I would think that the only way to make ANY sense of the situation is for the woman to repeat back to the croc EXACTLY what he said to HER: "If I guess right, you'll give my baby back, if I dont, you'll eat him. That's what you'll do to him." He'd have to return the baby, because she's CORRECT NO MATTER WHAT. Eh? hehehe
I think this is a reasonable answer.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:49 PM
Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:19 AM
The **** crows.
The sun rises.
Therefore, the sun rises due to the ****'s crow.
If you answer correctly, I will return the child.
If you answer incorrectly, I will eat the child.
Therefore, I will (or will not) (return/eat) the child.
There's not really a riddle here, so there can be no answer. But it does make for some interesting discussion, doesn't it?
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