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This will be the last one of the series.  I hope you enjoy it.

A man kills his wife. Many people watch him doing so.  Yet no one will ever be able to accuse him of murder. Why?

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Here is an interesting introduction to fuzzy logic.

You are on the Price is Right and Drew Carey says that you can win a new car if you manage to pick it from behind three closed doors. You make your selection. Drew Carey now says that he will reveal one door which does not have the car behind it. After this, you can either keep your choice or change it. Which would you do?

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Here is a thought experiment regarding human nature.

The semi-barbaric King of an ancient land utilized an unusual form of administering justice for offenders in his kingdom. The offender would be placed in an arena where his only way out would be to go through one of two doors. Behind one door was a beautiful woman hand-picked by the king and behind the other was a fierce tiger. The offender was then asked to pick one of the doors, without knowing what was behind it. If he picked the door with the woman behind it, then he was declared innocent and as a reward he was required to marry the woman, regardless of previous marital status. If he picked the door with the tiger behind it, though, then he was deemed guilty and the tiger would rip him to pieces.

One day the king found that his daughter, the princess, had taken a lover far beneath her station. The king could not allow this and so he threw the offender in prison and set a date for his trial in the arena. On the day of his trial the suitor looked to the princess for some indication of which door to pick. The princess, did, in fact, know which door concealed the woman and which one the tiger, but was faced with a conundrum. If she indicated the door with the tiger, then the man she loved would be killed on the spot; however, if she indicated the door with the lady, her lover would be forced to marry another woman and even though he would be alive she would never be with him again. Finally she does indicate a door, which the suitor then opens.

At this point the question is posed to the reader, “Did the tiger come out of that door, or did the lady?”.

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Schrödinger’s cat is a thought experiment, often described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics being applied to everyday objects.

A cat is penned up in a steel chamber, along with the following diabolical device (which must be secured against direct interference by the cat): in a Geiger counter there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small that perhaps in the course of one hour one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none; if it happens, the counter tube discharges and through a relay releases a hammer which shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid.  What happens to the cat?

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This is a classic thought expanding experiment, which aims to get you to think outside the box. There is really no right answer to this one.

A man and his son are in a car crash. The man dies and the son is badly wounded. When the son reaches the hospital, the surgeon who is scheduled to operate on him exclaims, “I cannot operate on him: he is my son!” How can this be?

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