The answer to the question is staring you in the face

When I first saw the image below on Dennis Howlett’s blog, you felt the inference was “duh, fancy giving an answer like that, it’s clear that x=5”. But then I paused and thought that perhaps the respondent was actually spot on and it was just that I’d been conditioned by my education to answer the question in a certain way.

When someone challenges convention or gives an answer that we don’t expect, perhaps we should pause and consider why; they may be right in ways we’ve never even considered – in this case, I was blinded to the obvious.


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