Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Fork in the Road

A logician vacationing in the Bahamas finds himself on an island inhabited by two proverbial tribes of liars and truth-tellers. Members of one tribe always speak the truth, while other always lie. He stands at the fork of a road (a Tee-junction) and has to ask a bystander which leg he needs to follow to reach the village. He knows not whether the native is a truth-teller or a liar. The logician thinks for a moment and then asks only one question. What does he ask?