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58 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 20 August 2007 09:13PM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 21 August 2007 04:08:12PM 6 points [-]

I should note that I read about this scenario in the Canonical List of Science Jokes but I have no idea whether it was a note from someone's experience. If anyone tries this, I'd love to know the result - my guess is that in real life, at least one student in the class would guess it, which is why I'd suggest having students write down their best suggestions on paper; followed by the teacher asking "How could you falsify your theory?" and writing that down as well.

Explaining things by magic has been the default state of human existence for far longer than science ever existed. Anyone using fancy words must be assumed to be invoking magic by default.

The training of a rationalist must be strict! No human can be unfair enough; you have to match swords against Nature to develop the requisite skills.