Re: reasoning under computational limitations

Nick Bostrom (
Mon, 29 Mar 1999 17:16:25 +0000

Wei Dai wrote:

> > And in general when faced with a computational
> > problem that we can't solve, (1) does it always make sense to reason as if
> > there is a probability distribution on the answer and (2) how do we come
> > up with this distribution?

We don't need to assume an objective chance for these cases if we don't want to. You can use a person's subjective probability, which you find out about by asking him about what odds he would be willing to bet at.

Nick Bostrom Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method London School of Economics