Referential Information

post by Jack R (Jack Ryan) · 2021-08-01T21:07:11.371Z · LW · GW · 1 comments

Epistemic status: Pointing out a concept, giving examples.

When you learn about a thing, I claim that there are generally two kinds of information you get: 

I think often the referential information value is substantial, and I tentatively suspect that people don’t account for it enough in their decisions. This post is just meant to point out referential information and the value of it.

Examples

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comment by Viliam · 2021-08-10T12:55:44.272Z · LW(p) · GW(p)

This distinction is probably most useful when there is a risk that something was placed in a wrong reference class (so the referential information is mostly irrelevant). So you may feel like you have a lot of information about something, but actually maybe you have none.