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49 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 March 2008 08:40PM

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Comment author: John 29 March 2008 03:35:06AM 1 point [-]

Kaj Sotala:

Your story is written decently, but it sounds like a parody of pretty much *any* traditional exam. If you remove the write-in answers requirement, you can have much more colorful examination scenarios.

Eliezer:

This seems like a cool motivation tactic. At the same time, I'm a little afraid that thinking my knowledge makes me special and unique will cause me to be arrogant.

Any commited autodidacts want to share how their autodidactism makes them feel compared to traditional schooled learners? I'm beginning to suspect that maybe it takes a certain element of belief in the superiority of one's methods to make autodidactism work. Otherwise you'd be running on pure curiosity, and in my experience that doesn't always hold out for long, especially when you're trying to tackle something more advanced.