sarkology

Any answer will do.

Posted in Uncategorized by sarkology on November 13, 2010

What is the answer you are going to give to this question?

Any answer will do.

Equivalently,

What should we do, say, think, feel, together so that this bond of human relationship between us has meaning?

Anything.

 

HT – Eliezer Yudkowsky (the self-consistent answer part)

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  1. sarkology said, on November 13, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    For those programmatically inclined:

    def question(answer):
    if answer == answer:
    return True
    return False

    def relationshipHasMeaning(contentOfRelationship):
    if contentOfRelationship == contentOfRelationship:
    return True
    return False

    Notice that:

    >>> question(“Any answer will do.”)
    True
    >>> question()
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “”, line 1, in
    TypeError: question() takes exactly 1 argument (0 given)

    So although any answer will do, you must at least give an answer.


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