ALARMING LETTER IN THE TIMES TODAY

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ALARMING LETTER IN THE TIMES TODAY

Postby Bigtone53 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:30 am

Alarming letter from a Professor of Logic here

The puzzle that he is talking about is here (number 1988) and the most complicated thing in it is block/line interaction.
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Postby udosuk » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:10 pm

Logic is a very serious science (it's also my favourite subject in my college days). Sudoku is a puzzle/game/hobby. There is nothing alarming that a logic professor find it difficult to solve certain Sudoku puzzles, using pen & paper, no matter how easy that puzzle is supposed to be. Especially if the professor isn't a "professional player". Just like you don't ask an NBA coach to play one-on-one with a highschool basketball player and expect him to win.

As for the question raised by the replier on that page, what they don't realise is for pen and paper solvers it's easy to make mistakes, and the printed solution would at least give them a chance to check back and see where they went wrong.:idea:
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Postby Bigtone53 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:51 pm

udosuk

The reason that it is alarming is that anyone reading the paper (and a miniscule number read the internet version, let alone the follow-up to letters) will now go away with the assumption that an expert has suggested that it is just a trial and error puzzle. The Times is still the paper of record in the UK.
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Postby Glyn » Mon Jul 07, 2008 3:54 pm

Looking up the answer the next day to reduce it to a singles problem, was he putting Descartes before the horse. As udosuk implied - I don't think we should worry if he Kant find Locke'd candidates.:)
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Postby Bigtone53 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:09 pm

Perhaps, we should just asshume that life mill just go on as before, but I would like to see a popper answer to this question.
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Postby Bigtone53 » Mon Jul 07, 2008 6:27 pm

Dont forget these important words from Monty Python


Immanuel Kant was a real piss-ant who was very rarely stable,
Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar who could drink you under the table,
David Hume could out-consume Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel,
And Wittgenstein was a beery swine who was twice as sloshed as Schlegel.

There's nothing Nietzsche couldn't teach yer 'bout the raising of the wrist,
Socrates himself was permanently pissed.

John Stewart Mill, of his own free will, on half a pint of shandy was particularly ill,
Plato, they say, could stick it away, half a crate of whisky every day,
Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle, Hobbes was fond of his dram,
And Rene Descartes was a drunken fart: "I drink, therefore I am."

Yes, Socrates himself is particularly missed -
A lovely little thinker, but a bugger when he's pissed.

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Postby Glyn » Mon Jul 07, 2008 9:43 pm

Mmm Python and Kant then you need Python meets Kant
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Postby Bigtone53 » Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:14 am

You may not agree with today's letter but I like its style:!:
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