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37 Ways That Words Can Be Wrong - LessWrong

Eliezer Yudkowsky

1. The Parable of the Dagger

“One box contains a key,” said the king, “to unlock your chains; and if you find the key you are free. But the other box contains a dagger for your heart, if you fail.”

And the first box was inscribed: “Either both inscriptions are true, or both inscriptions are false.”

And the second box was inscribed: “This box contains the key.”

The dagger was in the second box. The king just wrote those inscriptions and put dagger in the second. He never said that inscriptions are relevant.

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