Logico-Mathematical

Updated: Jul 9, 2019

In “The Art of Thinking Clearly,” by Rolf Dobelli, he pushed to the fore the perception of “confirmation bias” by sharing a class experiment piloted by an unnamed professor.


This presumably respected instructor showed his students the number sequence 2-4-6 with an essential rule regarding this given digit arrangement written on the back of a sheet of paper. The learners must decipher the code (rule). They are challenged to provide the next number in the sequence that will elicit either one of these responses from the teacher, “Fits the rule” or “Does not fit the rule.” The students are allowed to try as many numbers as they want but they are given only one shot at intellectually predicting the rule.

Truth be told, you can count on a number of ways you can set your mind on something and actually accept that something as it is. But be forewarned that even if a quadrillion people in the whole wide world believe in an idea or do something that they think is great but was proven stupid in the long run, it still remains stupid—forever? Not quite, maybe. Let’s say until another quadrillion people prove us wrong…or right?

You’ve been into similar internal mumbo jumbos before Arlan (our organization's main catalyst) and I take my hats off to you for imbibing the down times and sobering up on the imprint of a celestial being amidst life’s colossal struggles.


It indeed sounds a lot of work piecing together the arithmetic of one’s self. More so, if what you see are only fragments of bitterness after the fact. The illogic of comprehending the good from the bad stings especially if you use the conventional magnifying glasses of hypocrisy and weigh every moment on the scale of the mundane.


All energies and powers of humanity are spent on counting—school accomplishments galore; daily misdeeds unnoticed; reward points needed for extra purchase discounts; credit card debts mounting up as high as Mount Everest; 25 days to go before Christmas; 3 nights of romance under the London Bridge; 1 minute before the game goes into overtime; 24 hours is all we have.


This calculated sense of entitlement serves as the rationale of multiple/alternate realities and/or truths. The supermajority in the Senate can push for any legislation at the president’s whim may it be reasonable or unjustifiable. A million teenagers and young Filipino adults play ML (Mobile Legends) intensely during their free time and even on hard times, and they love it—to the chagrin of their loved ones who are asking for a slice of their care if not their undivided attention. The 100% Catholic Vatican state has full devotion in God but Pope Francis, unlike his ancient predecessors, is open to peaceful coexistence with various Christian sects and other religions. Biblically speaking, I assume Jesus Christ would agree with Dr. Strange (Avengers: Infinity War) that “There was no other way” but to give the time stone to Thanos and let Tony Stark (aka Iron Man) live on until the time of the next encounter (Avengers: End Game) when he would be equipped/meant to grab the gauntlet from the Mad Titan and do (or redo) the snap of death himself. I’m just saying that all priests and Christians, young and old alike, would surrender to the thought that “There was no other way” but for Jesus to die on the cross to save the whole mankind—which I suppose is not the case for atheists and freethinkers one and all.


Truth be told, you can count on a number of ways you can set your mind on something and actually accept that something as it is. But be forewarned that even if a quadrillion people in the whole wide world believe in an idea or do something that they think is great but was proven stupid in the long run, it still remains stupid—forever? Not quite, maybe. Let’s say until another quadrillion people prove us wrong…or right?


Now, you are entitled to know what happened next to the experiment before this piece ends.


The common guess as the next number in the sequence was 8 to which the professor said, “Fits the rule.” The students wanted to be sure, so they tried giving 10, 12 and 14, and they received the same reply, “Fits the rule.” Finally, one of them answered, “The rule is to add two to the last number. “Tsk! Tsk!” The teacher retorted, “That is not the rule.”


Wow! If that’s not it, then, what is?


Everyone has to believe in something and someone. To avoid falling into the clutches of the confirmation bias, you are empowered to use your logico-mathematical wherewithal all the time—everywhere, anywhere, anyhow. And then, you’ll discover the rule. Ultimately, you’ll learn how to connect the jigsaw puzzle that is you—and uncover the underlying secrets of life in the process.


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