Chapter 17. Experiment 17: Let’s Rock!

Rock, Paper, Scissors is a truly ancient, international game, but just in case you have somehow never played it, I will recap the rules. Two opponents face each other, and on a count of three, each of them makes a hand gesture. The gesture can consist of:

  • A fist, to represent a rock

  • A flat palm, to represent paper

  • Two fingers to indicate scissors

Comparisons determine the winner. Rock blunts scissors, scissors cut paper, and paper wraps rock.

There’s an obvious similarity, here, to the Telepathy Test, because two people are facing each other, trying to sense each other’s intentions. However, there are some differences which will affect an electronic version of the game. First, each player has three ...

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