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July 16, 2006

The Warden, The Stark Raving Mad King & The Fake Coin

Monty_hall The Monty Hall Problem gets its name from the TV game show, “Let’s Make A Deal,” hosted by Monty Hall. The scenario is such: you are given the opportunity to select one closed door of three, behind one of which there is a prize. The other two doors hide “goats” (or some other such “non–prize”), or nothing at all. Once you have made your selection, Monty Hall will open one of the remaining doors, revealing that it does not contain the prize. He then asks you if you would like to switch your selection to the other unopened door, or stay with your original choice. Here is the problem: Does it matter if you switch?

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Stephen Hawking Asks How can the human race survive the next hundred years? on Yahoo! Answers and receives 23569 responses

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ah, douglas adams is infinitely quotable...

Posted by: Cibbuano at Jul 17, 2006 8:24:29 PM

Comments are closed on the original Stephen Hawking yahoo page, so I will respond here.

The post selected for best comment goes something like this: Just because humans have survived in the past, we will continue to do so in the future. Just because technology has saved us in the past, technology will continue to do so in the future.

My comment: There is no logic in the above post. It is simply a "feel good, don't worry" answer which is no answer at all. It received the most votes because it was the message that the most people wanted to hear.

If this is the most prevalient attitude, then human survival (in the context of an advanced civilisation) is doomed, because only when you acknowledge a problem can you fix the problem.

By all means, continue to rape the planet. Your grandchildren won't need it.

Posted by: Johanna at Aug 27, 2006 1:32:27 PM