Re: Riddles (was: Lateral Thinking)

From: Dale Johnstone (
Date: Wed Jan 03 2001 - 10:01:54 MST

Eliezer wrote:

> Damien Broderick wrote:
> >
> > The announced point of the exercise was to *burst free of the
> > (while, presumably, honoring it).
> Um, I never announced that. You're probably thinking of Dale Johnstone.

I never announced that either. I only guessed the point of the exercise
(like all puzzles) was to get us to question our assumptions, and of course
to be fun.

I don't think all this should be taken too seriously. If you take a
magnifying glass to almost any puzzle you'll find it breaks down on some

There is no unified puzzle format or way of thinking about things. Life
would be very boring if that was the case. Humour and puzzles often depend
on absurd interactions of ways of thinking:

"My dog has no nose."
'How does it smell?'

Dale Johnstone.
AI Researcher.

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