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    ..you cannot google this, i think.!

    3 birds sitting on a tree branch; 1 bird decides to fly off- how many birds remain on branch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pleasurekerry View Post
    ..you cannot google this, i think.!

    3 birds sitting on a tree branch; 1 bird decides to fly off- how many birds remain on branch?
    Until the bird actually flies away there are three birds on the branch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magicman View Post
    Until the bird actually flies away there are three birds on the branch.

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    A bird cannot be considered capable of making decisions now about postponed future actions. So in making the decision to fly off, it then immediately flies off. Of rather, it flies off, thus making the decision to do so, apparently on impulse.

    So to answer the question, 2
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    Quote Originally Posted by EIFII View Post
    A bird cannot be considered capable of making decisions now about postponed future actions. So in making the decision to fly off, it then immediately flies off. Of rather, it flies off, thus making the decision to do so, apparently on impulse.

    So to answer the question, 2
    What do you mean that birds can't make decisions about postponed future actions....................how about birds who wait for a flock to fly away together? Surely it isn't a case that thousands of birds decide to fly all at the exact same time. So that means that they make a decision to fly together when they are ready to do so. I'm not really well up on birds and how they make these decisions but they do seemed planned.

    If that is the case then my answer might be right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Magicman View Post
    What do you mean that birds can't make decisions about postponed future actions....................how about birds who wait for a flock to fly away together? Surely it isn't a case that thousands of birds decide to fly all at the exact same time. So that means that they make a decision to fly together when they are ready to do so. I'm not really well up on birds and how they make these decisions but they do seemed planned.

    If that is the case then my answer might be right.

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    The truthful answer is none. The other two birds would both fly off as well because birds don't like to stay if someone else leaves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pleasurekerry View Post
    ..you cannot google this, i think.!

    3 birds sitting on a tree branch; 1 bird decides to fly off- how many birds remain on branch?
    Two, because there are three birds, one flies off and that leaves the other two sat on the branch, assuming that they hadn't decided to fly off themselves.

    Just stating the obvious, like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samlad View Post
    Two, because there are three birds, one flies off and that leaves the other two sat on the branch, assuming that they hadn't decided to fly off themselves.

    Just stating the obvious, like.
    no, 1 bird just decides...doesnt actually fly off..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magicman View Post
    What do you mean that birds can't make decisions about postponed future actions....................how about birds who wait for a flock to fly away together? Surely it isn't a case that thousands of birds decide to fly all at the exact same time.
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    With miliseconds of difference in the decision making, they do decide at more or less exactly the same time - but because of each other. That is exactly why birds, like fish swarm and can move together. They decide to move exactly because the one beside them moved, without premeditation. We protect our ideology of individualism in our society by modelling their behaviour as thousands of separate decisions, where as it works much better as a single decision taken all-but simultaneously by thousands of birds.....or fish. How that is done, is that they are committed to being together. They make themselves vulnerable to each other by committing unreservedly to the flock. Consequently they cease to operate as entirely discrete individuals.The mechanism of individual decision making is still there, but the substance is gone.

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    3. Because penguins can't fly.

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