This puzzle's mystery is the
same as it's bigger cousin's.
Once upon a time, there were three one-eyed
gods called “Cyclops.” While this picture looks like someone looking
at you cross-eyed, it really is those three gods hiding from you.
Look back at them cross-eyed, and you will see all of them. And you
will see that the one in the middle has an eye with its retina in the back
of his head.
You can discover some fun things about
the “Cyclopean retina” in the book Foundations of Cyclopean Perception
by Bela Julesz.
And you can discover some other Cyclopean
facts by surfing over to www.pacifier.com/~ppenn/pagel7.html.
(You’ll discover even more if you recognize
that that is a lower-case L in front of the seven, not a number 1.)
|A carpenter, working with
a buzz saw, wishes to cut a wooden cube, three inches on a side,
into 27 one-inch cubes. He can do this job easily by making six cuts
through the cube, keeping the pieces together in the cube shape.
Can he reduce the number of necessary cuts by rearranging the pieces after
This puzzle comes from Martin
Gardner’s out-of-the-past “Mathematical Games” feature of Scientific American.
When you see its answer, you know something with a very special kind of
certainty. And you know...those who don’t see it will look just a
bit silly to you if they try to explain that your answer is wrong.
more, there’s a Cyclopean answer to this puzzle hidden in that pagel7 link.
Some people might push us,
cajole us, tempt us...tempt us — tempt all — toward dumbing down into the
pits of anti-intellectualism, the wallow of oblivious hedonism.
What an easy life...the life of a post-modern, wired, gigahertz sybarite—fed
by fiber optics (big band-pass)
...filtered by MSNBC and Symantec (keep
it coming, conforming and comforting)
...feeling frustrated by work, both physical and mental
...should work raise its ugly head. (ughh!)
But what if we want to enter
the long-distance, all-out mental sprint needed to keep up with a rapidly
changing technology? These days, life-long learning also requires
ever deepening understanding. Today, our mottoes should sound something
Don’t be gulled into dumbing down
Try to see, not just learn
trying to see, don’t shirk hard work
for the obvious that goes stubbornly unobserved
Look beyond the obvious
Those are mottoes of the Platinum Plover.
Look inside her egg.
Look at the yolk.
I have learned that everyone wants to live on the peak of the mountain, without knowing that real happiness is in how it is scaled.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez