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23 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 22 December 2008 12:37AM

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Comment author: Marcello 22 December 2008 09:19:10PM 2 points [-]

The first place I encountered the concept that strength must be earned was eight or nine years ago in a passage from, of all things, Jurassic Park, which stuck in my memory long after the other moments of the book faded from memory. The long version: http://www.stjohns-chs.org/english/Seventeenth/jur.html The short version: """ "I’ll make it simple" Malcolm said. "A karate master does not kill people with his bare hands. He does not lose his temper and kill his wife. The person who kills is the person who has no discipline no restraint, and who has purchased his power in the form of a Saturday night special. And that is the kind of power that science fosters, and permits. And that is why you think that to build a place like this is simple." "It was simple," Hammond insisted. "Then why did it go wrong?" """