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Re: [Icehouse] Zendo rules

  • FromRoger Burton West <roger@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateTue, 10 Mar 2009 16:54:20 +0000
On Tue, Mar 10, 2009 at 12:37:08PM -0400, karlvonl@xxxxxxx wrote:

>Ambiguity is not unique to the null koan. Consider "AKHTBN if all of
>its blue pyramids are upright". A koan without any blue pieces is just
>as ambiguous.

But the rules of the game should prevent this from being a real problem
anyway. Consider: the Master has set the rule above (considering it with
the boolean interpretation) and the table has:

red      blue upright      blue flat
Y             Y                N

A player (using the non-boolean formulation) proposes the rule "AKHTBN
if it has no blue pyramids, or if all its blue pyramids are upright".
The Master is not going to be able to produce a koan that distinguishes
his rule from the guessed rule, so it's a successful guess.


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