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Just had a great argument about this one... - oldbloke's mutterings
March 11th, 2012
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Just had a great argument about this one...

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From:juggzy
Date:March 11th, 2012 11:44 pm (UTC)
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That's brilliant. Nicked.
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From:sidheag
Date:March 12th, 2012 08:16 am (UTC)
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Yup, oldie but goodie :-)
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From:drdoug
Date:March 12th, 2012 10:53 am (UTC)
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Excellent. Although sadly for self-referential statement fun, this one has (I think, making a few reasonable assumptions) a simple answer (0%), rather than a set of self-contradictory ones. Not even worth a footnote in the Preface to my Bibliography of Bibliographies That Do Not Include Themselves.
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From:oldbloke
Date:March 12th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
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Yes, the possible answers are:
(a) It's just a joke, move on
(b) 0
(i) None of the listed answers work
(ii) It doesn't say you have to pick one of the listed answers, but some random string has a 1/alephnull chance of being right
(c) It's a paradox - IFF you have to pick one of the listed answers AND they represent chances of picking the right answer
(d) If the %ages listed refer to something else altogether, then maybe you can make an argument for something else. Good luck with that.
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From:sidheag
Date:March 12th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I don't think that harms it; it's a multiple choice question, meaning one of the listed answers is supposed to be correct. 0% is not one of the listed options, so is irrelevant to debate. If one were allowed to invent one's own additional answers to MCQs, many students would ;-)
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From:hairyears
Date:March 12th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
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Yes, its been around a while - I first saw it in January. I have a horrible suspicion that this appeared in a misprinted examination paper from EdExcel...
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