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ArisKatsaris comments on Building Weirdtopia - Less Wrong

28 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 January 2009 08:35PM

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Comment author: ArisKatsaris 13 December 2010 02:36:28PM 10 points [-]

Genetical reasoning was that the biological offspring of a former "proven" monarch, would be more statistically likely to be also proven worthy. Emotionally, the mythical concept of a child discovering his destiny was seen as more satisfying to the population than random selection, as was the glad reunion of parent and child when he successfully passed the test and his destiny was revealed. Lastly, the sacrifice of a monarch's own children (by letting them be raised by strangers, and possible killed) endeared him to the population, and encouraged the own monarch to raise the standards of education and prosperity for all his subjects, as his own children would benefit from it.

Plus, random selection wasn't weird enough.

Comment author: NancyLebovitz 13 December 2010 03:28:05PM 1 point [-]

SF reference: "Call Him Lord" by Gordon R. Dickson.

Comment author: Strange7 18 April 2011 12:29:15PM 3 points [-]

It might be worthwhile to secretly test a few randomly-selected commoners too. Claim they were royalty all along if they pass, otherwise leave as little evidence as possible that the test took place.