A puzzle posted on Facebook, with a particularly simple statement, specifies that only one person in 5,000 manages to find the solution. Simple to understand at first glance but perhaps not as easy to solve as it seems. Will you be that person?
Logic is an essential quality to develop for greater fluency in the professional world or simply to solve the small problems of everyday life. Because very often, we get stuck in difficulties because we don’t know how to approach the problem, where to start, what steps to take to finally find a “logical” solution to our embarrassment.
The logical mind is built from childhood to adulthood.
The logic is built little by little, stage by stage, from the face to adulthood. Specifically, in a final stage of cognitive development, children learn sophisticated rules of logic. They then use these rules to understand how abstract concepts work and to solve problems. The child, then the adult, can analyze her environment and make inferences. He can create theories about what is possible and what could happen in the future, based on existing knowledge of him.
This is called hypothetico-deductive reasoning. This is an essential part of the stage of acquiring logical thinking that will accompany us throughout our lives. It allows a person to consider “What if?” », « If you approached the problem differently, would the solution be simpler? », « What lies behind appearances? What if it were more complicated than what I see at first glance? What are the data that I have with certainty that can allow me to build a fair reasoning and get the answer? A person with this ability can imagine various solutions and potential outcomes in a given situation.
In the logical stage, one can imagine many ways to solve the same problem and then choose the best option based on its logic or success.
For example, if you are creating a model of the solar system using materials from around the house, you can use them in a variety of ways. Thinking of various possibilities and then using the one that is most logical or efficient shows that one has hypothetico-deductive reasoning skills. This skill is acquired in late childhood and early adolescence, and will then serve us throughout our lives.
You can also examine and evaluate your own thoughts and actions. For example, if you are having an argument with a friend, you might consider how their opinions or behaviors may have contributed to the situation. You can then decide how to deal with the situation.
At first glance, the puzzle seems simple:
If 11 × 11 = 4 and 22 × 22 = 16, how much is 33 × 33 =? People are engaged in a heated debate about the real answer, so before you read the next page, try to find out for yourself. What do you think is the answer?
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