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Lateral Thinking and the Logic of Spock: Random Thoughts from the Blogisphere

On Wednesday I posted some questions to consider as an experiment in lateral thinking that relies on creativity in the thought process. I promised to post the answers today, so here they are.

1. ------------ = man overboard

2. ------------ = I understand

3. /r/e/a/d/i/n/g/  = reading between the lines

4. ------------ = two degrees below zero

5.     knee = neon light

6.     ground 
--------------------             = six feet underground
feet feet feet feet feet feet 

7.     he's X himself = he’s by himself

8.     ecnalg = backward glance

9.     death ....... life = life after death

10.   THINK = think big!!

Bonus Question

abababababababababababababababababababab... = long time no ‘C’

The purpose of this exercise was to show how sometimes we act before we think. Reason and thought are two critical elements of ethical behavior.This got me thinking about the quintessential logical thinker of all the millennia and galaxies far and near. Yes, you "Trekkies." I'm talking about the beloved Spock from Star Trek. Given the popularity of Star Trek into Darkness, I want to share one of my favorite scenes from the original show that illustrates how Spock explains logic to an other-being.


Blog posted by Steven Mintz, aka Ethics Sage, on May 31, 2013