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Postby Cheryl » Thu Sep 11, 2014 8:58 am

What parking spot number is the car parked in?

There is a reason why the question below, from a Hong Kong elementary school test, is making the rounds on the internet. Most adults can't solve it – not for want of math skills, but because most of them have lost the child's ability of unconventional thinking. Our minds have become inflexible and we no longer have the ability to see things from a different perspective. This is one reason adults have such problems discussing political and religious issues.

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This problem is not mathematical, but rather philosophical. It proves that, in spite of what the modern "progressive" philosophers tell us, not all viewpoints are equally valid; in most cases, there is only one point of view that leads to the right answer.

This test problem is, in fact, an optical illusion; it misleads us into judging the reality from the wrong perspective.

The simple truth of this test problem is that the numbers on the parking lot were placed there for the drivers; therefore, the only correct way to look at them is from inside the parking lot. That is the only correct system of coordinates; any other system or point of view leads to errors.

In summary, when faced with a seemingly unsolvable problem, check your absolutes; you may well be on the wrong side. Verify your system of coordinates, and make sure you are looking at the facts from the right perspective.

If you're still unsure about the answer, see below.
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