Re: Rationality, Miracles and ETI

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Tue, 02 Nov 1999 18:17:45 -0600

The internalist theory of proof is false. Given time and money, it would actually be fairly easy to set up a situation where the most rational explanation is the false one, a situation where Occam's Razor doesn't work. For example, I found my copy of "True Names and Other Dangers", which I'd been looking for for three years, when I went back to the bookstore to return nine dollars they undercharged me. Now, while Occam's Razor says this was a coincidence and not a causal effect of my charity, I hope, it would be easy to target someone else looking for a book, pay the store owner to undercharge ver, and then have the book there when ve returned. Occam's Razor says it's a coincidence, but in reality, it's not.

           Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
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