## Thursday, August 29, 2019

### Confusing Math

Part of the answer as to why many people believe such stupid and unfounded things they see on social media lies in the way they think about things...are they an intuitive or a reflective thinker?​
An intuitive thinker tends to rely on instinctive or gut feelings when making a decision. They understand reality in the moment, without logic or analysis.
Reflective thinkers will think about the matter more analytically.
There is a little test to see if you are an instinctive or a reflective thinker that uses the cost of a bat and ball.  I've changed it slightly to keep it in whole numbers.

A bat and ball cost \$110. If the bat costs \$100 more than the ball, how much does the ball cost?

The instinctive answer is \$10, but that's wrong. If the ball costs \$10 then a hundred dollars more would be \$110 for the bat, so the total cost would be \$120.

The correct answer is the ball costs \$5. A hundred dollars more would be \$105. Therefore, the ball costs \$5 and the bat \$105.