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"you will give me the child" because that is what she wants the childs fate to be.
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Posted 14 November 2007 - 12:37 AM
1. Crocodile Sophism
A slim crocodile living in the Nile took a child. His mother begged to have him back. The crocodile could not only talk, but was also a great sophist and stated, "If you guess what I will do with him, I will return him. However, if you don't guess his fate, I'll eat him." What statement should the mother make to save her child?
The mother's upper hand lies in her recognition that the crocodile assumes predestined outcomes (Fate) and can talk.
The crocodile's incorrect assumption is that the mother must choose between eat and not eat. There is a second option: talk or not talk. One action intersects both option sets: the action of opening his mouth.
The mother should guess that the future of her child is that he will experience the crocodile opening his mouth.
If the croc wasn't going to eat him, and says wrong, he must open his mouth to eat him, violating fate. He cannot violate fate, and so he must return him.
If the croc was going to eat him, and says correct, he must return him.
Posted 14 November 2007 - 09:05 PM
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