[SEQ RERUN] Lawful Uncertainty

post by MinibearRex · 2012-10-19T04:21:56.325Z · score: 1 (2 votes) · LW · GW · Legacy · 3 comments

Today's post, Lawful Uncertainty was originally published on 10 November 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):

 

Facing a random scenario, the correct solution is really not to behave randomly. Faced with an irrational universe, throwing away your rationality won't help.


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comment by fortyeridania · 2012-10-19T04:44:26.742Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

I believe the summary should read:

throwing away your rationality won't help.

(And I have just edited the Wiki to reflect this.)

comment by MinibearRex · 2012-10-21T01:42:52.656Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

Fixed. Good catch.

comment by Luke_A_Somers · 2012-10-19T15:30:50.356Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW(p) · GW(p)

This would have been much clearer with dice. I wonder if that would change the experiment.