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Comment by eric3 on High Challenge · 2008-12-19T03:01:16.000Z · score: 4 (10 votes) · LW · GW

Why do you think there are so many beetles? God is bored. Maybe he created us so we would invent the Wii?

Comment by eric3 on The Amazing Virgin Pregnancy · 2007-12-24T15:19:57.000Z · score: 1 (3 votes) · LW · GW

Very funny.

But even if god did get Mary pregnant, given my bayesian priors on seeing such miracles (I have seen none, nor do I know anyone who so it), I would have to be skeptical. Would it be too much to ask god to merely make one conspicuous miracle every generation or so, in a conspicuous place, so we could be sure? Then I would follow his rules more meticulously (eg, about not shaving, swearing).

Comment by eric3 on The Halo Effect · 2007-11-30T15:24:29.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Do you have a reference for "stock analysts rating unfamiliar stocks judge them as generally good or generally bad - low risk and high returns, or high risk and low returns - in defiance of ordinary economic theory, which says that risk and return should correlate positively"?

Comment by eric3 on Human Evil and Muddled Thinking · 2007-09-15T00:13:16.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

The rules of the game are much different when you have bad faith, as in totalitarian societies, as opposed to comparing Democrats vs Republicans. Or are they?