Math, is it just for the cool kids?



“If a baseball and bat cost $110, and the bat costs $100 more than the ball, how much does the ball cost?”




got an answer?



….according to new research reported in tomorrow’s issue of the journal Science, the $10 answer indicates that you are an intuitive thinker, and the $5 answer indicates that you solve problems analytically, rather than following your gut instinct.



Bat: $105

Ball: $5



Neat! Makes sense, the gut says “hey, 100+10 = 110” but the analytical brain says “well, yes, but 100 is only 90 more than 10 so….must not be that”

The part of the study that was interesting to me, was the correlation they found.

Psychologists William Gervais and Ara Norenzayan, of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, predicted that people who were more analytic in thinking would tend not to believe in religion, whereas people who approach problems more intuitively would tend to be believers. Their study confirmed the hypothesis and the findings illuminate the mysterious cognitive process by which we reach decisions about our beliefs.


Not surprising I’d say, but I found this pretty neat. How’d you do?


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