Can praying improve your reasoning? I once questioned a student about his suspicious behavior during a logic examination. He confessed that he was praying for the correct answer. I felt this was cheating. Even if God did not give him the answer, the student was soliciting the answer from Someone Else.
– Dartmouth philosopher Roy Sorensen, in A Brief History of the Paradox, 2003
This gave me a chuckle. It sounds more like an excuse to me, I mean, who prays for the right answer, huh? .... exactly!
I suppose it would be cheating, if the person actually believed they'd be given the answer.
I sir, dont have the equal ability to pray, because It's not in my character to beleive in a god. So maybe it IS cheating. lol Not like he would get the answer anyway.
I think the person in this case does believe they're getting the answer by some sort of revelation, Dave; if not - why pray?
On the other hand, I think this student was just stalling.
I thoroughly dig that. :)
He would be cheating if the answers were written on the palms of his 'praying' hands.
Gives me a chuckle too.. but ,really..people do it..i mean pray for the right answer..i think they might be the same people who say after a terrible car crash , oh!! thank god no body was hurt to bad.. this gives me a chuckle..i say why not thank the person who worked for twenty years in the R & D department of an obscure company to develope the technology that actually saved the people in the terrible crash..math and science save people everyday but you never hear " thank math that nobody was hurt " : ) ... i mean really , its a tad bit more complicated than just lighting a candle..