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Re: [Icehouse] [Zendo] Rule clarification [rule against external references]

  • From"P.D. Magnus" <pmagnus@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • DateSun, 31 Jul 2011 12:31:38 -0400
The rule is sometimes called the "Spock Rule", because it can be summarized in this way: Suppose that Mister Spock transported the pyramids onto the enterprise. The rule must be such that he could evaluate it there on the transporter pad and get the same answer that you get when you evaluate it.

The light on the Enterprise might be different than your light at home, so shadows aren't relevant.

This thought experiment is just a way of expressing the idea that only the pyramids, their configuration, and the surface can matter - but it sometimes helps when explaining the rule.