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  • Here's a brain teaser

  • A rooster is on a roof of a barn

  • facing east

  • The wind is blowing

  • to the west at 10 mph

  • The rooster lays an egg.

  • Which direction does the egg roll?

  • If you want, you can pause the video and think it over.

  • The answer?

  • There is no egg.

  • The rooster didn't lay one because roosters are male.

  • Did you get it right?

  • Let's pick this apart and see why people have difficulty with this brainteaser

  • and so many others.

  • First, it's easy to overlook details

  • or accept them without questioning.

  • In this brainteaser, the answer could be found in the second word.

  • Rooster. In hindsight, we realize

  • it's impossible for roosters to lay eggs

  • but it's easy to overlook when

  • it's mentioned casually in the brainteaser.

  • Another process at work in this brainteaser is misdirection.

  • There were several details included

  • that we may have paid too much attention to.

  • The fact that the rooster was facing east

  • and that the wind was blowing west at 10 mph.

  • In the end, these details had nothing to do with

  • the actual answer.

  • But because they seemed important in the context of the brainteaser,

  • they directed us away from the relevant information.

  • The same techniques used to solve brainteasers

  • can also be applied to real-world situations.

  • When you're trying to figure something out,

  • it's important to analyze the information that's available to you.

  • Are there any key details I may be missing?

  • Am I being misled by something?

  • Could I be thinking about this in another way?

  • Brainteasers not only help to keep your mind sharp,

  • but they can help to improve your critical thinking skills as well.

  • Let's finish things off with another brainteaser.

  • You have a single match and are in a dark room

  • with a candle, an oil lamp, and a gas stove.

  • Which do you light first?

  • The answer? The match.

Here's a brain teaser

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Using Brain Teasers to Build Critical Thinking Skills

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/19
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