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Dave Tackett said in March 28th, 2011 at 8:49 am

I agree with your review of this one. However, Leinster’s view that “people are generally bad and that the only reason they don’t do terrible things is because they lack the knowledge” is still untested. His logics provided 100% certain answers, while our internet can’t provide certain means of getting away with committing crimes. Even then identity theft, Nigerian scams, and other internet crimes do paint a bleak picture.

In some ways, I think his philosophy here might just be a combination of two cliches, “knowledge is power” and “power corrupts.”

Thanks for posting this one, I had only heard its X Minus One adaptation before.

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Rusty said in March 28th, 2011 at 11:15 am

@Dave: thanks for your comment. Yes, that view is still untested, but it seems that in this story the author focuses undue attention on the fact that everybody immediately goes to the bottom of the barrel to dredge up answers for the worst type of questions. I thought that was too much, but it is true that today’s internet has its share of muck on it! Hopefully we do a better job than the citizens in this story.

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