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Comment author: Arandur 13 August 2011 01:06:56AM -2 points [-]

Well, if we have a Bayesian Conspiracy in place, as it were, then I reckon the test would be derivation of hidden knowledge from available priors. This would require that the Conspiracy have access to answers reasoned out ahead of time, and also that the actual testing was kept secret. Perhaps an aspiring rationalist may only be tested once. If we have that strict a measure, though, we might consider allowing a certain amount of leniency... but then again, perhaps only those who strictly adhere to the Art deserve to move further into its ranks.

I am quite aware that my idea is based largely on a post you made about 16 months after this one; in that sense, I'm simply perpetuating a feedback loop, and may be acting in redundancy. But the more I think on this problem, the more convinced I am that it is a Good Idea: test, ceremony, Conspiracy, and all.