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This question has been discussed earlier, but I'd like to see fresh views.

Steve and JoAnne are both members of a certain club, though they are not speaking to each other. Cecily, the club president, is appointing members to the fundraising committee, but she has resolved that she will not appoint anyone without his or her explicit consent. Steve tells Cecily, 'I will not consent to appointment on that committee unless I know whether JoAnne is to be a member of it.' And JoAnne says, 'I will not consent to be a member of that committee unless I know whether Steve will be appointed to it.' If all three of these people stick by these resolutions, then:

A) Neither of them can be appointed to the committee.

B) The situation described in the scenario cannot arise, because it is inherently incoherent.

C) They must either both be appointed or both be left out.

D) The committee may finally have one of them, both of them, or neither of them as members.

E) Either one of them can be appointed, but not both.
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26 Jun 2008, 21:05
E or A

Scenario A, neither of them is appointed, because while they bluff, others volunteer for the positions.

Scenario E, one spot is left on the committee, and so one of them ask first. But there is no guarantee that either one of them ask to be on the committee first before other people, which then lead us to scenario A.
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27 Jun 2008, 13:01
durgesh79 wrote:
This question has been discussed earlier, but I'd like to see fresh views.

Steve and JoAnne are both members of a certain club, though they are not speaking to each other. Cecily, the club president, is appointing members to the fundraising committee, but she has resolved that she will not appoint anyone without his or her explicit consent. Steve tells Cecily, 'I will not consent to appointment on that committee unless I know whether JoAnne is to be a member of it.' And JoAnne says, 'I will not consent to be a member of that committee unless I know whether Steve will be appointed to it.' If all three of these people stick by these resolutions, then:

A) Neither of them can be appointed to the committee.
>>>Why not. Cecily can picjk steve and choose some other member .

B) The situation described in the scenario cannot arise, because it is inherently incoherent.
>>>Its possible!

C) They must either both be appointed or both be left out.
>>>Both can be left out but both cannot be in the committe.Remeber they are not in talking terms and dont want to work together.

D) The committee may finally have one of them, both of them, or neither of them as members.
>>>Bothn of them -not possible

E) Either one of them can be appointed, but not both.
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27 Jun 2008, 15:21
why not D ?

the president could tell both of the parties, and the parties may decide to both be on the committe, or one may say yes, or both may say no
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27 Jun 2008, 15:48
i say E..

the dude doesnt want to the girl..and vice versa..so the president will talk to them both..tell them of each others decision..and 1 one of them will become a member..
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28 Jun 2008, 06:30
pmenon wrote:
why not D ?

the president could tell both of the parties, and the parties may decide to both be on the committe, or one may say yes, or both may say no

>>>Both (S and C)can be left out .
But both cannot be in the committe.Remember they are not in talking terms and dont want to work together
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28 Jun 2008, 07:34
Thanks guys, the OA is E and OE is given below

(E) Because of the resolutions of Steve and JoAnne, neither of them can be appointed before a decision is made about the other one. That rules out making a positive decision to appoint in either case because no such decision could be the FIRST decision. But nothing in the scenario rules out Cecily's first making a negative decision (the decision, say, not to appoint Steve). Then she could inform JoAnne of that fact; JoAnne might then consent to the appointment and thus be appointed. Or, of course, the first negative decision might have been made about JoAnne, resulting in the possible appointment of Steve.
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