Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Oct 2012 21:54 UTC
"Ask adults from the industrialized world what number is halfway between 1 and 9, and most will say 5. But pose the same question to small children, or people living in some traditional societies, and they're likely to answer 3. Cognitive scientists theorize that that's because it's actually more natural for humans to think logarithmically than linearly." Fascinating. The human brain is such a magical machine.
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4.5?
by sb56637 on Mon 8th Oct 2012 23:30 UTC

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2006-05-11

Am I the only one who immediately said "4.5" for this one?

RE: 4.5?
by WereCatf on Tue 9th Oct 2012 00:37 in reply to "4.5?"
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2006-02-15

Am I the only one who immediately said "4.5" for this one?

Atleast I answered 5 to the question: 1 to 9 is 8 numbers, half of which is 4, but since we're starting from 1 instead of 0 the answer is 5. A quite typical programming maths problem, actually, you see these kinds of things all the time and beginners doing the exact same mistake as you did.

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RE: 4.5?
by weland on Tue 9th Oct 2012 07:41 in reply to "4.5?"
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2012-02-19

Ugh, no. *blushing*

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RE: 4.5?
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 9th Oct 2012 12:08 in reply to "4.5?"
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2006-12-05

No... 4.5 was my first reaction too. Even if I didn't know the exact answer, I would have known that it wasn't a whole number and would have thought something either "just above 4" or "just below 5"--no absolutes. Or just "four point something."

Edited 2012-10-09 12:09 UTC

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RE: 4.5?
by Doc Pain on Tue 9th Oct 2012 12:59 in reply to "4.5?"
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2006-10-08

Am I the only one who immediately said "4.5" for this one?

Sometimes, Winston, it's 4. Sometimes it is 5. Sometimes it is 3. And sometimes it is all of them at once. :-)

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