Reading this creeped me out, but I really want to get hold of it.
Sometimes, even the littlest of information gives one a wealth of information. Let me give you a short story.
The story takes place in a benightedly sexist village of uncertain location. In this village there are many married couples and each woman immediately knows when another woman’s husband has been unfaithful but not when her own has. The very strict feminist statutes of the village require that if a woman can prove her husband has been unfaithful, she must kill him that very day. Assume that the women are statute-a biding, intelligent, aware of the intelligence of the other women, and, mercifully, that they never inform other women of their philandering husbands.
As it happens, twenty of the men have been unfaithful, but since no woman can prove her husband has been so, village life proceeds merrily and warily along. Then one morning the tribal matriarch comes to visit from the far side of the forest. Her honesty is acknowledged by all and her word is taken as truth. She warns the assembled villagers that there is at least one philandering husbandÂ among them. Once this fact, already known to everyone, becomes common knowledge, what happens ?
The answer is that the matriarch’s warning will be followed by nineteen peaceful days and then, on the twentieth day, by a massive slaughter in which twenty women kill their husbands.
To see this, assume there is only one unfaithful husband, Mr. A. Everyone except Mrs. A already knows about him, so when the matriarch makes her announcement, only she learns something new from it. Being intelligent, she realizes that she would know if any other husband were unfaithful. She thus infers that Mr. A is the philanderer and kills him that very day.
Now assume there are two unfaithful men, Mr. A and Mr. B. Every woman except Mrs. A and Mrs. B knows about both these cases of infidelity. Mrs. A knows only of Mr. B’s, and Mrs. B knows only of Mr. Ns. Mrs. A thus learns nothing from the matriarch’s announcement, but when Mrs. B fails to kill Mr. B the first day, she infers that there must be a second philandering husband, who can only be Mr. A. The same holds for Mrs. B who infers from the fact that Mrs. A has not killed her husband on the first day that Mr. B is also guilty. The next day Mrs. A and Mrs. B both kill their husbands.
If there are exactly three guilty husbands, Mr. A, Mr. B, and Mr. C, then the matriarch’s announcement would have no visible effect the first day or the second, but by a reasoning process similar to the one above, Mrs. A, Mrs. B, and Mrs. C would each infer from the inaction of the other two of them on the first two days that their husbands were also guilty and kill them on the third day. By a process of mathematical induction we can conclude that if twenty husbands are unfaithful, their intelligent wives would finally be able to prove it on the twentieth day, the day of the righteous bloodbath.
I hope you had an ‘aha’ moment.
This table includes the Ivy League + 2 and other competitive universities in the United States for applicants in the 2010-2011 pool.
Ivy+2 Admits Applic Rate Brown 2,692 30,946 8.70% Columb 2,419 34,929 6.93% Cornell 6,534 36,392 17.95% Dartmo 2,178 22,385 9.73% Harvar 2,158 34,950 6.17% MIT 1,715 17,909 9.58% Penn 3,880 31,659 12.26% Princet 2,282 27,189 8.39% Stanfor 2,427 34,348 7.07% Yale 2,006 27,282 7.35% Select Admits Applic Rate Chicago 3,446 21,773 15.83% Duke 3,739 29,689 12.59% JHU 3,550 19,388 18.31% NorthWe 5,575 30,975 18.00% NotDam 3,995 16,543 24.15% Tufts 3,735 17,130 21.80% WUSTL 4,440 28,826 15.40% LACs Admits Applic Rate Barnard 1,284 5,154 24.91% Bates 1,396 5,195 26.87% Bowdoin 1,022 6,554 15.59% Buckne 2,161 7,937 27.23% Carlet 1,474 4,977 29.62% CMC 619 4,481 13.81% Colby 1,505 5,175 29.08% Dickins 2,531 6,061 41.76% Grinne 1,315 2,966 44.34% Swart 977 6,547 14.92% Public Admits Applic Rate UCLA 15,551 61,513 25.28% UNC 6,965 23,726 29.36% UVA 7,750 24,010 32.28%
What a weird time to book in. And no army-related posts for this week as a solemn reminder that I’ll be confined in camp next week.
Okay actually I just spent 1.5 days playing Final Fantasy III on my iPhone. The 3D graphics is a refreshing change from the previous version.
Alright got to prep my uniform now.
I have this theory that the more important and intimate the emotion, the fewer the words are required to express it. For instance, in dating,
â€œWill you go out with me?â€ Six words.
â€œI think I care for you.â€ Five words.
â€œYou matter to me.â€ Four words.
â€œI love you.â€ Three words.
â€œMarry me.â€ Two words.
So whatâ€™s left? Whatâ€™s the most important and intimate word you can ever say to somebody?
â€” J. Michael Straczynski