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The story of a ringing bell

March 21, 2021
Since I've moved this week, I didn't write as much as I would like to. So here's something unusual. Inspired by Eliezer Yudkowsky's essay: Guessing The Teacher's Password.

Please sit.

Here's the set of questions some committee has decided we should ask you. Give us the correct answer from a set we have provided you.

"What set?" you ask. The set of question/answer pairs we are currently learning.

Don't worry. We will tell you what set we are asking questions about. That way, you don't have to think outside of this set. Just focus on the set you have to memorize this month.

If we ask you about a magic word you don't understand, don't worry about that either. Just give us another magic word as an explanation. Go up in abstraction in your answer.

Memorize the pairs. Give us the password for each question we ask. We will give you the points if you guess the password correctly.

Your understanding is not of great importance to us. How would we test that? What standard would we use? We don't have the resources for that. We just want to know whether you know the answers — whether you can fetch the correct password for each of our questions.

Don't bother explaining things in simple terms. We are not your average Joe; don't insult us. We know the subject's lingo. Give us as much subject lingo as possible since that means you know what you're talking about.

Happy learning!

@shime_sh Hrvoje Šimić
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