# Fluid Thinking

This is a discussion on Fluid Thinking within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; It's a credible book lol. respected psychological textbook....

1. It's a credible book lol. respected psychological textbook.

2. if you're dealing with a "wrap-around" number system that makes sense...

123456123456123456...

456 345 234 561 //sorta

but it does seem that the last grouping should be 123 in that case

3. but it's not, so that's not it. Tell me when you all give up hehe.

4. I give up..

5. The flaw of most pattern recognition tests is that they forget to remove (or consider) all other possible patterns. I see this sort of problem with many DIY IQ tests.

6. SOLUTION: (only read if you've given up)

This is the solution I came up with:

The magic number is 6. When ever you have a 6 the counting restarts. There is no fancy plus minus etc math in it. The restart number (marked in green) is regressing by one each time:

4 5 6 | 3 4 5 | 2 3 4 5 6 | 1 |

Here's the catch. It doesn't just reset when there's a digit 6. Also once you've had 6 numbers (Whenever there's a 6 ), I've marked those spots with red markers. Whenever there's a normal 6 I've marked in blue and it restarts.

Does this make sense? Does anyone else see a diffrent pattern?

7. sorry, I think that's a stretch kermit

8. Hey it works! Don't knock it hehe. Find a better pattren if you can .

9. ya, but you had to throw in a "catch" to make it work. That's not very much of a pattern.

10. There's no catch there. Whenever there's a 6 it restarts! And don't pick on my choice of words!

11. I see an even better argument for 3 now

look at this
Code:
```4 5 6 3 4 5 2 3 4 5 6 3
4   6   4   2   4   6
5   3   5   3   5   3```

12. the answer "1" would make sense if there were one more '6' in your pattern:

Code:
`4563456234561`
ive seen IQ books with misprints in them... its possible...

13. I saw both those solutions, if there was the extra 6 and the 5 3 pattern. But we've checked 3 verisions of the book. It's possible it's a misprint but I doubt it.

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