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Comment by matthew4 on The Generalized Anti-Zombie Principle · 2008-04-09T00:07:39.000Z · score: 0 (0 votes) · LW · GW

Such experimentation indicates that our internal concept of self is largely an illusion.

It is relatively easy to discover that the self / me is only a thought, not the reality it is assumed to be. Some basic inquiry into the nature of the assumed "self" will dissolve the illusion rather quickly.

It is often assumed that this is some kind of "religious" belief, but in fact it is also easily available to atheists as well, such as Susan Blackmore and Sam Harris. I suspect Nick Tarleton would also include himself in this category.

Comment by matthew4 on Stop Voting For Nincompoops · 2008-01-02T20:54:19.000Z · score: 4 (6 votes) · LW · GW

I'm a bit puzzled why it is rational to bother to vote and irrational to purchase lottery tickets, based on the mathematics. Surely there is a clear, obvious unbiased Bayesian explanation somewhere, but I seem to have misplaced it. . .