Add a fifth and a sixth piggy. A Real Estate Agent Piggy and a Speculator
Piggy. Give the wolves Law degrees. Don't eat the moochers. Feed them to
the lawyers. That's all any economy needs; pigs, lawyers and real estate.
Rick Strongitharm, B.A., LL.B.
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Sent: January 19, 2000 10:32 PM
Subject: Rational nursery tales
The common story of "The three little piggies" - building houses of
straw, wood, and brick respectively - fails to realistically model
(A): The first two piggies survive in the third piggy's house, thus
deriving the same benefit for less cost by mooching, clearly the wrong
lesson to teach our young children. The first two piggies should be eaten.
(B): The strongest house was the only one to survive. This teaches
absolutist rather than probabilistic thinking. What this nursery tale
needs is a fourth little piggy, who built his house out of prestressed
reinforced concrete, and wasted a lot of money relative to the third
little piggy, but was nonetheless not eaten by wolves; on the whole, a
-- firstname.lastname@example.org Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://pobox.com/~sentience/beyond.html Typing in Dvorak Programming with Patterns Writing in Gender-neutral Voting for Libertarians Heading for Singularity There Is A Better Way
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