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Can you solve the troll’s paradox riddle? - Dan Finkel

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You and your brother have discovered another realm and set off exploring the new wonderful world. Along the way, you see a troll catching creatures in an enormous net. The troll agrees to release the creatures if you can come up with a statement that is both truth and false. Can you come up with the correct sentence and force the troll to release them? Dan Finkel shows how.

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  • Educator Daniel Finkel
  • Director Igor Coric, Nemanja Petrovic
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Producer Milica Lapcevic
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Fact-checker Brian Gutierrez
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Additional Resources for you to Explore

How much more coercive can you get with coercive logic? Can you think of a way to get the troll to dance around or cluck like a chicken if it has to act according to the rules it set out? What are the limits of coercive logic?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Daniel Finkel
  • Director Igor Coric, Nemanja Petrovic
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Producer Milica Lapcevic
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Fact-checker Brian Gutierrez
  • See more