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

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Comment author: jsabotta 25 March 2007 03:15:58PM 9 points [-]

Really, the best advice would be "Get out of Syracuse before the Romans show up" but I suppose your infuriating machine would refuse to transmit that as well.

Comment author: [deleted] 04 August 2009 12:22:27AM 1 point [-]

Hey, all you have to do is think of an analogous suggestion today. I'm afraid I lack the historical knowledge necessary to even attempt to provide direct advice...

A possible problem would that there would be no analogous situation. That there is no place for your country to get out of before some people show up. I don't know if communicating similarly important abstract ideas works, and how much your correctness or incorrectness of advice matters...

Comment author: taryneast 31 May 2011 08:28:12AM *  1 point [-]

A possible problem would that there would be no analogous situation.

Get out of Austria before the Nazis show up.

Comment author: johnlawrenceaspden 08 October 2012 05:16:50PM 1 point [-]

But that's hindsight, so it would come out as advice about Archimedes' past.

Comment author: taryneast 04 November 2012 11:58:17PM 1 point [-]

It's the use of a past example to advise on future actions.

Comment author: PrimIntelekt 10 October 2009 05:22:32PM 5 points [-]

Perhaps "Get off of Earth before Nemesis sends some more comets our way"

Nemesis: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemesis_%28star%29

Reasoning: The Roman invasion could have been predicted, but wouldn't have been well supported by evidence -- although foreign invasions were certainly a repeated (even cyclic) phenomenon. Of course, the Nemesis hypothesis rests on an unproven root cause of all major extinction events, whereas invasions came from various, known causes...