Comment by dave3 on Asch's Conformity Experiment · 2007-12-27T03:17:39.000Z · score: 2 (2 votes) · LW · GW

What are the odds, given today's society, that a randomly selected group of people will include any honest Bayesians. Safer to assume that most of the group are either lying, self-deluded, confused, or have altered perceptions. Particularly so in a setting like a psychology experiment.

Comment by dave3 on Thou Art Godshatter · 2007-11-13T23:47:25.000Z · score: 7 (7 votes) · LW · GW

"Thou Art Godshatter"! Finally, a name for my Christian/Prog/Electronica combo!

Comment by dave3 on Adaptation-Executers, not Fitness-Maximizers · 2007-11-11T16:58:15.000Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

The atoms of a screwdriver don't have tiny little XML tags inside describing their "objective" purpose.

Not yet, but those atoms probably will be tagged in XML with the designer's intent fairly soon. Also the user manual, credits, bill of materials and sourcing, recycling instructions, links to users groups and issue repositories, etc., etc. It obviously doesn't change your argument, but I do wonder how our cognitive biases will be affected when everything is tagged with intent and history, crosslinked and searchable. I guess we'll find out soon enough.