Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya: A Riddle, Tale from China: Try To Solve it?دقيقتان مع الدكتور يحيى : فوازير عقلية

Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya: A Riddle,  Tale from China: Try To Solve it?

 دقيقتان مع الدكتور يحيى : فوازير عقلية  

الأستاذ الدكتور حسن يحيى : أستاذ علم الاجتماع المقارن سابقا

Hasan Yahya, former professor of comparative sociology

In old Chinese culture was this tale, I challenge readers to solve the riddle in it. The tale reads:

There was a farmer living faraway in old China with his 10 years daughter after his wife died three years back. He used to work in land everyday for several years. Sometimes he has good harvest, other years are zero productive. Therefore, he began to borrow money for his family to survive from a man who gave him the money at exorbitant interest rates, he used to lend  almost all farmers in the region. The farmer was expecting a better rainy season next year so he will return the money on time. But nature was severe for many years, the amount is becoming larger every year passed. One day, the lender saw that the farmer has a beautiful daughter, so he waited two more years when the girl becomes 13. He came  to ask for his money with the interest, but the farmer had not saved enough money, the lender asked for the daughter to be his wife for the money. But the farmer refused his ugly request, the daughter also refused to marry the old naughty, usury man. The usury man brought the case to the court.  The farmer and his daughter were afraid, but neighbors heard of the story. One smart farmer provided a solution game if they all accept his idea. He said: put two small stones one black and one white, and let the girl pick one. If the stone picked was white, the girl will not marry the lender and the amount will be zero. If the girl picked the black stone, she should marry the lender.

The usury man immediately picked two stones from the ground which was full of colored stones and put them in a Jar then close it. The trick was that the usury man picked two black stones, no one observe the stones, except the girl, with her sharp sight, she knew the trick made by the lender.

The audience-great number of farmers-were watching but no one saw what the lender did. The girl began to think, how to solve the problem in order  to save herself and her father from the loan money. What did she do to be the winner in this riddle?

Readers are invited too and may try to think to save the girl. The problem is serious.

Now the girl has three options to pick any of them:

  1. If she picked the white stone, she will be saved.
  2. If she picked the black stone she will accept marrying the cunning lender, and remove the loan, and;
  3. She can refuse, but she will suffer, where her dad will go to prison.

The solution:

The girl in front of all farmers, observers, and judge, picked one of the stones from the Jar, and close her hand firmly, so no one can see the picked stone, then walked to give the stone to the judge. In her way she (intentionally) fell down and left the stone where the ground full of colored stones. The judge, said, it is OK, let’s see the other stone in the Jar. The girl picked the other stone which was black. By doing this, the lender was confused, but could not say any word, otherwise, the farmers will know the trick he made. So he kept his cunning method to himself.

The girl saved her Dad by her reasonable thinking. With no guessing involved.

In our lives we face many psychological, mathematical, personal and social problems, and sometimes very complicated ones, and may be seemed difficult to solve, but if we think rationally-like the girl in the tale-we surely will find the solution. Did you get it? Good!

*The story can be told also about a young man in love with a princess, her father refused to on their marriege, so he made the trick by using tow papers, both have the same  “death” word.  The princess discovered the trick and asked the young man to think how to marry her without embarassing her father, the King.

Solution: The young man swalloed one of the papers. You know the rest.

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HASAN YAHYA was born at a small village called Majdal-YaFa (Majdal Sadiq) in Mandate Palestine (1944). He migrated as a refugee to Mes-ha, a village east of Kufr Qasim, west of Nablus (in the West Bank), then moved with his family to Zarka, 25 km north of Amman – Jordan. He finished the high school at Zarka Secondary School, 1963. He was appointed as a teacher in the same year. Studied Law first at Damascus University, then B.A from Lebanon University in Arabic literature and Eastern Cultures (1975). He moved to Kuwait. Where he got married in 1967. He was working at Kuwait Television, taught at bilingual School, and Kuwait University. In 1982, Hasan left to the United States to continue his education at Michigan State University. He got the Master Degree in 1983, the Ph.D degree in 1988 in Education (Psychology of Administration ). In 1991, He obtained his post degree in Social research, the result was a second Ph.D degree in Comparative sociology-Social Psychology. He was the only Arab student who enrolled ever to pursue two simultaneous Ph.D programs from Michigan State University and fulfill their requirements perfectly. Professor Yahya employment history began as a supervisor of a joint project to rehabilitate Youth (inmates out of prison) by Michigan State University and Intermediate School Districts. Worked also as a Teacher Assistant and lecturer in the same university. He was offered a position at Lansing Community College as well as Jackson Community College where he was assistant professor, then associate professor, then full professor (1991-2006). He taught Sociology, psychology, education, criminology and research methods. He supervised 19 Master and Ph.D candidates on various personal, economic psychological and social development topics. Professor Yahya published Hundreds (1000 Plus on this site) of articles and research reports in local, regional, and international journals. His interest covers local, regional and global conflicts. He also authored, translated, edited and published over 280 plus books in several languages, in almost all fields especial education, sociology and psychology. These books can be found on Amazon and Kindle. He also, was a visiting professor at Eastern Michigan University to give Research Methods and Conflict Management courses. Prof. Yahya accepted an offer to join Zayed University Faculty Team in 1998, then he served as the Head of Education and Psychology Department at Ajman University of Science and Technology 2001-04. Dr. Yahya established several institutes in Diaspora, the Arab American Encyclopedia, Ihyaa al Turath al Arabi Project, (Revival of Arab Heritage in Diaspora.Recently he was nominated for honorary committee member for the Union of Arab and Muslim Writers in America. He was affiliated with sociological associations and was a member of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (AMSS) at USA. Social Activities and Community Participation: Dr. Yahya was a national figure on Diversity and Islamic Issues in the United States, with special attention to Race Relations and Psychology of Assimilation (generations 1,2 &3). He was invited as a public speaker to many TV shows and interviews in many countries. His philosophy includes enhancing knowledge to appreciate the others, and to compromise with others in order to live peacefully with others. This philosophy was the backgrounds of his theory, called “ Theory C. of Conflict Management”. And developed later to a Science of Cultural Normalization under the title: “Crescentology. The results of such theory will lead to world peace depends on a global Knowledge, Understanding, appreciation, and Compromising (KUAC)” Recently Prof. Yahya started "Publish your book FREE Project", to serve young Arab Writers. Dr. Yahya accepted the offer to be the chief editor of the International Humanities Studies Journal -I-H-S-Jerusalem, since July 2014. (Revised Sept. 2014) ولد الدكتور حسن عبدالقادر يحيى في مجدل يابا من أعمال يافا – فلسطين عام 1944. تلقى علومه الابتدائية في مدرسة بديا الأميرية في الضفة الغربية أيام احتوائها ضمن المملكة الأدردنية الهاشمية وتخرج في جامعة بيروت حاملاً الإجازة في اللغة العربية وآدابها، ودبلوم التأهيل التربوي من كلية القديس يوسف بلبنان، ودبلوم الدراسات العليا (الماجستير) ودكتوراة في الإدارة التربوية من جامعة ولاية ميشيغان بالولايات المتحدة عام 1988، وشهادة الدكتوراه في علم الاجتماع المقارن من الجامعة نفسها عام 1991. عمل في التدريس والصحافة الأدبية. أديب وشاعر وقاص ، ,كما عمل في تلفزيون الكويت الرسمي كمعد ومنسق برامج ثم اتجه إلى الكتابة والتأليف في علوم كثيرة تخص علمي النفس والاجتماع والتنمية البشرية ، والتغير الاجتماعي والسكان وألف ونشر العديد من المقالات (1000 +) والكتب باللغتين العربية والإنجليزية (أكثر من 330 كتابا) ، منها ست مجموعات قصصية وست كتب للأطفال ، وأربع دواوين شعرية باللغتين أيضا. وعدد من كتب التراث في الشعر والأدب والأخلاق الإسلامية والتربية والأديان . وهو الآن أستاذ متقاعد في جامعة ولاية ميشيغان. . وكان عضوا سابقا في جمعية العلماء المسلمين في أمريكا . وجمعية علماء الاجتماع الأمريكية - ميشيغان، وهو مؤسس الموسوعة العربية الأمريكية في الولايات المتحدة ضمن مشروع إحياء التراث العربي في بلاد المهجرز كما تم ترشيحه مؤخرا ليكون عضو مجلس التحرير لمجلة الدراسات الإنسانية العالمية. وقد قبل أن يتسلم رئاسة تحريرها اعتبارا من نهاية يونيو 2014 His email: Thank you!
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