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degiem1 wrote:

> Here's one:
>
> A man dies who is neither excessively evil nor good. In the
> afterlife he is greeted by an angel who tells him that because
> he is a borderline case he will be given a choice of two doors.
> One leads to Hell and the other to Heaven.
>
> The angel tells him that two identical angels guard the doors,
> one for each door. One angel is in reality a demon in disguise
> who will always answer with a lie to any question he is asked
> and the other, who is a real angel, will always answer with the
> truth.
>
> The man is allowed to ask each angel one question and that
> question has to be the exact same question to each angel.
>
> What is the question that will allow the man to pick the door
> that will lead him to Heaven?
>

This is a classic. It requires 'cross-comparison' of the information each offers, so he should ask each one what the other would tell him about the door he guards.



--
Like ancient Rome, we today are once more importing every form of exotic superstition in the hope of finding the right remedy for our sickness.
-- C. G. Jung
Richard Wilhelm: In Memoriam (1930), CW 15: pg. 60

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Paradoxes and sophisms 258 JBM 03-Dec-07 07:18
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Re: Paradoxes and sophisms 59 JBM 04-Dec-07 04:37
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Re: Paradoxes and sophisms 57 degiem1 05-Dec-07 01:10
Re: Paradoxes and sophisms 37 Nolondil 05-Dec-07 22:19
Re: Paradoxes and sophisms 94 degiem1 06-Dec-07 19:34


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