Mathematical illiteracy and Game
January 10, 2014 § 75 Comments
Suppose a group of men hunts four-leaf clovers. With time and persistence they learn intuitively where to go, how to scan for them, etc. It gets to the point where these men are each collecting many four-leaf clovers in a given year.
Because of their success in collecting four leaf clovers these men go around pronouncing that most clovers have four leaves. For some reason lots of other men – men who, rather ironically, especially pride themselves on dispassionate logic and rational thinking – believe them.