senor_cardgage wrote:Pfhorrest wrote:You got the quote attribution wrong, and also that doesn't solve the problem, which is that logically you cannot run for 27 seconds if you only have 24 seconds of life in which to do it.

The 24-second clock starts ticking after the 27-second head start.

That was my solution to the initial raising of the problem.

The argument thus far has gone (paraphrasing and not attributing anything here):

"How are some survival times less than the head-start times?" (suggesting an implicit belief that both timers begin simultaneously)

"The survival timer starts ticking when the head-start timer ends: the total running time is the sum of the two"

"Then why do survival times and head-start times track so closely to each other?"

"Because the harvester is about twice as fast as humans on average."

"But the survival time is usually just a little bit more than the head-start time, so couldn't both timers start at the same time and the harvester just always takes a moment to catch up to the human no matter how far their head start?"

"Then how are some survival times

less than the head-start times, if both timers begin simultaneously?" (suggesting that they can't begin simultaneously, which means that the survival timer starts when the head-start time ends, which means that the harvester must be about twice as fast as humans on average for the head-start and survival times to track so closely to each other)