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Crocodile Sophism


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#281 princedragon7

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Posted 23 October 2013 - 11:24 PM

I don't think that this is a paradox. It sounds like one. The word "guess" doesn't belong because there is nothing to guess about. This is more like an 'Honestant and Swindicant' problem becuase the mother either says "crocodile gives the child back" and the croc does it or the croc "deceives" the woman and eats the child.

 

if you look at the so called paradox it says if you dont guess his fate, ill eat him, so as long as you provide a guess you'll get him back either way, because any guess is a correct guess but if you stay silent and not provide an answer then your screwed lady

 the paradox is that she say you will eat my child. if he eats her she is correct if he dosnt she is incorrect


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#282 Utkrisht123

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:12 AM

The mother should say "You will eat my child"


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 01:28 PM

"you are going to eat him"

 

1) statement is true <=> the crocodile is actually going to eat the child <=> she guessed correctly <=> crocodile is going to (/it has to) return the child

2) statement is not true <=> the crocodile is not going to eat the child <=> he is going to return the child


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#284 Mad mahogany

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Posted 14 March 2014 - 07:53 AM

Most likely answer would be to induce an infinite loop
If the mother says "You won't return my child"
If the crocodile doesn't return the child, the mother is true, and the crocodile has to return it, deeming the mother false, thus leading to an infinite process
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#285 bookworm14

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Posted 09 April 2014 - 02:17 PM

its pretty obvious that the only way the child's mother could save him is if she says the crocodile will eat her child. It would be untrue and the crocidile will eat the child which makes the statement she said correct. The crocodile will have to return the child.


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#286 upgrtan

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Posted 09 November 2014 - 12:35 PM

To get the child back the crocodile must do what the mother says, this eliminates the answer "you will eat him".  Also if the mother says "you will give him back" that leaves the crocodile free to eat the child.  To eat the child the crocodile must bite the child; however crocodile bites are not inherently deadly, thus the mother should say "you will bite my child" the crocodile will start to eat the child by biting him then be forced to give the child back.


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#287 xArisx1SouL

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 03:10 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 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



ur statement seems partially true

had the croc's st8ment been like
"If you guess, what I will do with him", I will return him
so the mother could repeat "if you guess, what will I do with him" and the croc wud return the kid
but the quote includes the words " I will return him" so the logic doesnt work

I think the mother could say anything to retrieve the chiild
since all the croc wants is the mother to "GUESS"
he dint say predict the fate or speak the truth or sumthin liek that
so the mother could go on and guess anything random related to the child in order to save him

 

I highly agree with both of these answers because from what you are both saying corresponds with each other. Now, I see where Cyrx is coming from that all the mother has to do is guess her childs fate, but in all technicality J man is also right because if that was the statement that the mother gave, then it was a guess so the answer that J man put is correct but it corresponds with Cyrx's answer which is also correct.


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#288 rohitronaldocr7

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 03:58 PM

ITS SIMPLe

 

If the croc didnt wanted the eat that kid why else would he abduct him in the first place.

 

  . the mother would simply reply that the croc will eat him . if the croc is as wise as he says he will give the kid back .


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#289 shriram

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Posted 23 March 2015 - 06:36 AM

''Taste him.''

*BA*DUM*TSS*


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