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In India, there is a temple whose priests answer questions posed by the faithful. The catch is that the petitioners never know to whom they are speaking. The God of Truth and the God of Falsehood live up to their names, but the God of Diplomacy could choose to lie or not, depending upon his whim.

A child walked in one day and asked the statue on the left, behind which sat a priest:
"Who sitteth next to thee?" The reply was: "The God of Truth"

Then the child went to the statue in the middle and asked: "Who art thou?"
"I am the God of Diplomacy" came the reply.

Finally, the child went to the last statue and inquired: "Who is that in the middle?"
"That is the God of Falsehood" was the answer.

"Thanks, now I know who each of you is" the child said, and left.

Do you?

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the_vulture
Jun. 22nd, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
Diplomacy on the Left, Falsehood in the Middle, Truth on the Right.

We know that the Middle cannot be Truth, as the Middle claims he Diplomacy. We also know that the Left spoke a lie, so he cannot be Truth, leaving only the Right who can be. Truth tells us that Falsehood is in the middle, leaving Diplomacy on the Left.

Do I win a prize? :p
fayanora
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
A key to the Internet. :-)
ownedbyzpydah
Jun. 22nd, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
i'm glad someone explained it. my brain rails at these types of things. i could barely figure out how sarah figured it out in the labyrinth, and there were only two of them And she explains it!
kengr
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
There are only 6 possibilities (yes, I needed paper to work it out).


DFT
DTF
FDT
FTD
TDF
TFD

The last two are not possible, because the one on the left says the one in the middle is the God of Truth. So he *can't* be the God of Truth. That leaves:

DFT
DTF
FDT
FTD

The middle one says he's the God of Diplomacy, so he can't be the God of Truth. That leaves:

DFT
FDT

Both have the God of Truth on the right.He says the one in the middle is the God of Falsehood. Which has to be correct. Which leaves us with: DFT

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the_vulture
Jun. 22nd, 2010 03:56 pm (UTC)
Are you suggesting all priests are liars?
fayanora
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
Oh thou literalist. :-)
drjon
Jun. 23rd, 2010 09:52 am (UTC)
They're all the priest behind the Statue of Diplomacy, throwing his voice.
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