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Analogical Reasoning

Experience is valuable because it allows you to recognize something you've dealt with before and remember how you solved the problem at that time.


But it's especially powerful if you're able to combine it with analogical reasoning.


I'll demonstrate this truth using a "visual algebra" problem, the likes of which you've probably seen if you've spent any time at all on social media.

In the problem above, you're asked to solve for the "?" at the bottom of the puzzle.


Whether or not you've seen or attempted one of these puzzles before, take a moment to try and solve for "?" before you continue reading.


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The correct answer is 44.


If that's the answer you got, congratulations: it means you're either very good at math and you're very perceptive...