• Solving the “Simple” Two Door Riddle From Labyrinth

    If you remember the awesome movie Labyrinth by Jim Henson, you’ll probably remember three things from the movie:

    A young Jennifer Connelly led the movie as a curious adventurer David Bowie starred as a creepy crystal ball-holding madman The weird double-headed guards with the weird life or death, truth or lie puzzle

    It turns out, the simple but somehow complicated riddle that many children didn’t stop to think about for longer than 5 minutes was a variation of an old logic puzzle called Knights and Knaves.…

  • The Monty Hall Problem Easy Explanation

    “Logic is in the eye of the logician.” — Gloria Steinem

    Oh boy, do we ever like proving ourselves to be right. After all, it’s what fuels social media and our ever-rising disdain for each other. But it’s not just politics and cultural issues that drive us to rage against the human machine, even simple non-consequential hypotheticals can do it, too.

    Case in point:

    The advice columnist Ann Landers once received over 15,000 letters after jestingly stating which side toilet paper should hang on (it’s over, by the way).…
  • The Wason Selection Task: Over 90% of People Get This Simple Logic Test Wrong

    “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” — Albert Einstein

    Some days the cards just seem to fall in the right order. Today is probably not that day for you. At least, according to the results of a simple test devised by the renowned psychologist Peter Cathcart Wason.

    His field of study?

    Why we humans consistently make the same mistakes when confronted with logical solutions. If you’ve ever heard of the term “confirmation bias,” this was the dude who coined it in the first place.…