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Douglas R. Hofstadter // Your wish is granted

behrk вчера (все, кстати, было в высшей степени замечательно, за что всем участникам спасибо), поясняя некоторые моменты, связанные с одним нашим общим знакомым, упомянул Douglas R. Hofstadter и его историю про мета-джина, исполняющего мета-желания.

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Achilles: This is fantastic! I've always wished this would happen to me.... (He rubs the large letter "L" which is etched on the lamp's copper surface.... Suddenly a huge puff of smoke appears, and in the forms of the smoke the five friends can make out a weird, ghostly figure towering above them.)

Genie: (his delivery changes abrubtly from drawn-out to extremely quick) Hello - and thanks - for rescuing me. (Picks up the Lamp, and stuffs it into a pocket concealed among the folds of his long ghostly robe which swirls out of the Lamp.) As a sign of gratitude for you heroic deed, I offer you, Achilles, on the part of my Lamp, the opportunity to have, any three of your, wishes, realized.

Achilles: How stupefying!

Three boys: Go ahead, Achilles, take the first wish.

Achilles: I wish that I had a HUNDRED wishes, instead of just three!

Three boys: Pretty clever. I never thought of that trick.

Genei: I am, sorry, Achilles, but I, don't, grant meta-wishes.

Achilles: I wish that you'd tell me what a "meta-wish" is!

Genie: But, that is a "meta-meta-wish", and I, don't, grant them, either.

Tortoise: (to Achilles) Why don't you just ask for information? (to the Genie) Tell us, Mr. Genie - what is a meta-wish?

Genie: It is simply a wish, about wishes. I am, not, allowed to grant, meta-wishes. It is only, in my purview, to grant plain, ordinary, wishes, such as wishing for ten bottles of beer, to have Helen of Troy on a blanket, to have an all-expenses-paid weekend for two at the Canaries, ....

Three boys: (echoing) .... bottles of beer.... Helen of Troy.... expenses paid...!

Genie: You know, simple things like that. But meta-wishes I, cannot, grant. GOD won't permit me to. (the Genie pronounces "GOD" extremely slowly as the word "god", while writing the three capital letters G ,O, D in the air.)

Three boys and Achilles: (reading the Genie's writing in the air) Gee-O-Dee? Who is Gee-O-Dee? Why won't he grant meta-wishes? I was really hoping to wish for a hundred wishes....

Genie: Gee, I hate to see, somebody disappointed. Let me see if there isn't anything I could do.This'll just take, a moment.... (Removes from the wispy folds of his robe an object which looks like the Copper lamp he had put away, except that this one is made of silver. It has "ML" etched on it, in letters half wide as the L on the first Lamp.) This is my Meta-Lamp.... (he rubs it gently, and a huge puff of smoke appears. In the billows of smoke, they can all make out a ghostly form towering above them.)

Meta-Genie: I am the Meta-Genie. You summoned me, O Genie? What is your wish?

Genie: I have a special wish to make for you, O Djinn, and of GOD. I wish for permission for temporary suspension of all type-restrictions on wishes, for the duration fo one Typeless Wish. Could you please grant this wish for me?

Meta-Genie: I'll have to send it through Channels, of course. On, half a moment, please.... (And twice as quickly as the Genie did, the Meta-Genie removes from the wispy folds of his rode an object which lookes just like the silver Meta-lamp, only that it is made of gold, and it has "MML" etched on it in even smaller letters.)

Voice-of-Achilles: (one octave higher than before) And what is that?

Meta-Genie: This is my Meta-Meta-Lamp.... (rubs the Meta-Meta-Lamp, and a huge puff of smoke appears. In the billows of smoke, a ghostly form materializes.)

Meta-Meta-Genie: I am the Meta-Meta-Genie. You summoned me, O Meta-Genie? What is your wish?

Meta-Genie: I have a special wish to make of you, O Djinn, and of GOD. I wish for permission for temporary suspension of all type-restrictions on wishes, for the duration of one Typeless Wish. Could you please grant this wish for me?

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