So Far Only 7 People We Asked Today Were Able To Guess Correctly. Will You Be The 8th?

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Throughout life we are told again and again to rely on our instinct. But how often do our first impressions deceive us? But when our gut reaction is not anchored in anything factual, it often fails us.

As thousands of Harvard University students learned the hard way, the simple-looking quiz included here is not as easy as what meets the eye.

But although 51 percent of Harvard students failed to get the answer correct, you might have what it takes to solve the problem. Take the test below and see if you are smarter than an Ivy Leaguer!

If you listen to your gut instinct on this question, you’re bound to get it wrong. That’s what many of the arrogant Harvard students did and know they’re kicking themselves for not spending a minute trying to figure it out.

The question: If a baseball bat and a baseball cost $1.10 and the bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball costs?

Although the problem seems super easy it actually requires some math skills.

In order to solve the problem, you’ll need to pick a variable and make an equation.

Scroll down to get the solution to the baseball bat puzzle. But for now, let’s discuss when we should listen to our instinct and when we should try to reason a problem out.

According to an article posted on Questioning.org in 2009, “Gamblers are renowned for betting on gut instincts, often with disastrous results, betting the pay check and the house that a certain number will hit on the very next spin. When political leaders indulge the same kinds of feelings and hunches without anchoring them in sound intelligence and thorough investigation, the costs can be devastating.”

In another similar article from the American Psychological Association: “Our intuition is doubly biased. Just as we think we can intuit others, we think other people notice–and judge–our appearance, behavior and emotions more than they actually do, says Kenneth Savitsky, PhD…

“In a study of married couples, people assumed their spouses could pick up on hints and detect meaning in their subtle voice inflections–such as saying something sarcastically–more than a stranger could. But participants’ spouses could not interpret the meanings any better than strangers could–suggesting that we think our hints, jokes, sarcasm and things gone unsaid are clearer to others than they really are. And the bias makes us nervous in public.”

To solve the problem, you need to make an equation. Since we need to find out how much the baseball costs, we will call that ‘x’ like we did back in math class in school.

Since the bat costs $1.00 more than the ball the bat will be ‘x+1’.

Here’s how to solve the problem.

(x+1) + x = 1.10

x + 1 + x = 1.10

2x + 1 = 1.10

2x = 1.10 – 1

2x = 0.10

x = 0.05

Therefore, the baseball costs $0.05. And if you do the math: $1.05 + $0.05 = $1.10. It checks out!

Did you get stumped by this question just like most Harvard students? Or are you smarter than an Ivy Leaguer? Tell us in the comments!

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