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What I would do in that sit­u­a­tion?

Wed­nes­day 13 May 2009 12:18

I would han­dle it like I've re­al­ly thought every­thing through and it would ap­pear I was fol­low­ing a script writ­ten for just that ex­act sit­u­a­tion, with me in a brave and hero­ic role. My sin­gle goal in life would be to get the most out of that sit­u­a­tion, risk­ing the end of ex­is­tence for the sole pur­pose of per­form­ing in the most op­ti­mal and im­pres­sive way in that sit­u­a­tion. My en­tire uni­verse would be con­fined to that sit­u­a­tion you de­scribed based on your some­what bi­ased and lim­it­ed knowl­edge of it and the ab­stract means used to com­mu­ni­cate the de­scrip­tion.

Mur­phy's law will be re­versed. Every oth­er per­son's ac­tions will be ra­tio­nal so I can pre­dict and an­tic­i­pate their be­hav­ior with math­e­mat­i­cal pre­ci­sion, and you'd have to agree that's re­al­is­tic be­cause you're also ra­tio­nal. Every­thing I need will be there, and every­thing I don't won't. I won't be af­fect­ed by al­tered lev­els of sleep de­pri­va­tion, adren­a­line, al­co­hol or hor­mones. Even with some­one hold­ing a gun to my head I would be able to choose to tell the truth or lie so con­vinc­ing­ly, I won­der how I won't pull that off in the court case that will ob­vi­ous­ly fol­low this sit­u­a­tion. Light­ing and acoustics in the sit­u­a­tion you men­tioned will be per­fect, since you didn't both­er to de­scribe them. There won't be any mass psy­cho­log­i­cal is­sues mak­ing me be­have in the pa­thet­ic way every­body else does be­cause you asked what I would do in that sit­u­a­tion, and not them.

But in real life sit­u­a­tions don't start with a "Load­ing..." screen or end with "Cut!".

There's a dif­fer­ence be­tween what you'd think you would do in a cer­tain sit­u­a­tion and how you'd be­have in an un­cer­tain chain of events that could at some point more or less re­sem­ble that sit­u­a­tion when viewed from a spe­cif­ic an­gle. Most like­ly you wouldn't even rec­og­nize the sit­u­a­tion un­til it's to late, there won't be time to act ra­tio­nal for any­one, there's a whole en­vi­ron­ment af­fect­ing every sense and you'd be glad to sur­vive, nev­er mind be­ing brave or hero­ic.

But hell, this is the in­ter­net. Let's keep things hon­est and fake. I hate nerds that treat the law as some kind of source code for the be­hav­ior of every­thing out­side their base­ment and think they know what's go­ing on at com­pile time.

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