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20 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 23 March 2007 05:43PM

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Comment author: rcriii2 23 March 2007 08:59:20PM 3 points [-]

It sounds like if Archimedes asked us a question, he would almost always get the answer he was expecting. Given this, would he be better off calling someone closer to his own time, whose answers were less likely to be 'too anachronistic', and thus more likely to give him new information? Maybe our best bet would be to refer him to, say, James Madison or Galileo.