## Veritasium – Can You Solve This?

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[Veritasium – Can You Solve This?]

**[Derek Muller]** Source: LYBIO.net

I’m going to give you guys three numbers, a three number sequence. And I have a rule in mind that these numbers obey. And I want you to try to figure out what that rule is.

But the way that you can get information is by proposing your own set of three numbers to which I will say yes, that follows my rules or no it doesn’t follow my rule and then you can propose what you think the rule is. Is that fair?

Yeah.

Yeah.

Yeah, okay, so here – here are the three numbers two, four, eight.

Two, four, eight…

You don’t need to continue the sequence, you can propose a totally different sequence whatever you want to purpose and I will simply say yes or no that follows my rule.

Two, four, eight, sixteen thirty two

Sixteen, thirty two and…

Sixty four.

Yeah.

Those also follow my rule.

Okay.

What’s the rule?

What are you thinking?

Multiply by two.

That is not my rule.

What?

That’s not my rule. But you are allowed, if you want to propose three other numbers…

Three, six, twelve…

Three, six, twelve…

Three, six, twelve, follows my rule.

Ten, twenty, forty.

Ten, twenty, forty.

That follows the rule

Yeah, so multiplying by two.

I know. I know what you’re doing and yes it follows my rule but no it’s not my rule.

Five, ten

Ten and twenty

Follows my rule.

Hundred.

Two hundred, four hundred.

Follows my rule.

Five hundred, a thousand, two thousand.

Follows my rule.

I am going to keep going.

But right, just keep going you gonna tell me your rule.

Am I doing it the wrong way? Am I approaching this the wrong way.

You are totally fine.

Okay.

But you’re approaching it the way most people approach it.

Like think strategically about this, you want information.

Yeah.

I have information. The point of the three numbers right is to allow you to figure out what the rule is.

Okay.

Okay.

Okay, I am going to give you the numbers that I don’t think fits the sequence and then see what you say. So I’ll say two, four, seven.

Fits my rule.

So whatever I propose is right.

So is your rule like. You can propose any number, so the rule is anything we say is yes.

No.

Damn it.

But you’re on the right track now.

Ok.

Hit me with three numbers.

Three, six, nine.

Follows my rule

Um…

Oh that didn’t’ follow my rule.

This was good right.

Five, ten, fifteen

That follows my rule.

What oh? Really.

Yeah.

I don’t believe this.

One, two, three.

One, two, three.

Follows the rule.

Seven, eight, nine.

Follows – yes, that follows the rule.

Eight, sixteen, thirty nine.

Fits the rule.

Excellent.

But you’re no closer to the rule, I want you to get to the rule?

How about one, seven, thirteen?

Follows the rule.

What?

Eleven, twelve, thirteen.

How does this make sense?

Ten, nine, eight.

I don’t know how to do this.

Does not follow the rule.

Ten nine eight does not

Oh, so is it all in ascending order?

Boyah! Up top!

Okay.

After all. Yes, first one to get it. You guys nailed it.

That is the rule. That’s the rule, increasing numbers in increasing order. Numbers in ascending order. One two three, four five, six ten, fifteen, twenty five doesn’t matter, any numbers in ascending order.

**[Derek Muller]** Source: LYBIO.net

I was inspired to make this video by the book the Black Swan by Nassim Taleb. Now the Black Swan is a metaphor for the unknown and the unexpected. I mean in the old world the theory was that all swans were white. So each instance of a white swan would make you think, yeah, that theory is pretty good. But the point is you can never prove a theory true and in fact when people found Australia they realized that there were black swans. What was interesting for me was that everyone I spoke to came up with the rule very early on and then only proposed numbers that fit with that rule they were thinking. I was looking for you guys to propose a set of numbers that didn’t follow your rule.

Right.

And didn’t follow my rule I was looking for you guys not to try to confirm what you believe. You’re always asking something where you expect the answer to be yes, right like you’re trying to get at it

Yeah.

But instead you want to get the no.

You want to get the no, because that’s much more informational for you than the yes, like if everything is getting a yes.

Now, that is true. That is really true once you say that.

**[Derek Muller]** Source: LYBIO.net

That is what’s so important about the scientific method. We set out to disprove our theories and it’s when we can’t disprove them that we say this must be getting at something really true about our reality.

So I think we should do that in all aspects of our lives. If you think that something is true you should try as hard as you can to disprove it, only then can you really get at the truth and not fool yourself.

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