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  •  Ken is quick-witted, but the buzzer itself (1+ / 0-)
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    is an issue of reaction speed and anticipation (of the moment when you can first buzz in), and not quite the same as being able to handle the unanticipated question in a debate.

    •  You're forgetting (1+ / 0-)
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      that one has to make a decision in the moment whether to buzz in on a question or not. That turns out to be an entirely different experience from simply trying to respond as rapidly as possible to a stimulus.

      On a Jeopardy taping day, they allow the contestants to get familiar with the studio and try out the buzzers without any audience or any questions on the board. I can tell you that on my day, I clobbered everyone on this exercise and set them to murmuring.

      Then, during the actual game, it was a different story. (I think I know this, but do I know it well enough to take the risk and buzz in?) You aren't just reacting, you're decisionmaking.

      That was my experience, anyway.

      And I came in 2nd.

      •  It's a matter of perspective (1+ / 0-)
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        I see there being (1) the cognitive portion of answering the question, and (2) the physiological action of buzzing in. Obviously, if you're "waffling" on (1), that's going to delay (2)--but that doesn't mean you aren't faster/better at (2).

        •  My point is that Jennings obviously has both (1+ / 0-)
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          or all aspects, several of which would serve him well in debate:

          1. Depth/breadth of recall (the so-called "elephant's memory");
          1. Speed of recall;
          1. Speed of reasoning (many of the questions require not just recall, but reasoning);
          1. Speed of decisionmaking about one's recall or reasoning; and
          1. Physical reaction speed.

          I guess #4 is what you characterize as "waffling." Apparently I waffled a bit even when I knew an answer cold, which was most of the time in my game. Someone who doesn't do that is going to be a more confident and overpowering debater.

          •  Yeah. If you watch Ken's games, you can see (0+ / 0-)

            there are ?s where he didn't know the answer at the time he buzzed in, but figured he could work out within five seconds. Then again, he had many of his opponents so shell-shocked that they had thrown in the towel mentally by the first commercial break.

            And, yes, #4 is the "waffling" (that's not really the word I want, but it's the closest I could come in a reasonable amount of time).

    •  I should add (1+ / 0-)
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      that a Jeopardy game is nothing but unanticipated questions (er, answers).

      •  Not completely unanticipated... (0+ / 0-)

        Obviously you don't know exactly what will be asked, but between the category name and some information on the air date, you can occasionally get sufficiently mentally prepared to answer a question, particularly when you're in control.  Bob Harris writes about using this technique extensively in his 5-day run; it's analogous to "pre-caching" in a computer, where the application or processor guesses at some data that might be needed in the future in order to reduce the time needed to fetch it if it is needed.

        You think we've won? We're just getting started here. Yes we can.

        by DarthParadox on Mon Mar 02, 2009 at 01:59:42 PM PST

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