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Eliezer_Yudkowsky comments on The Hero With A Thousand Chances - Less Wrong

63 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 31 July 2009 04:25AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 August 2009 01:33:45AM 3 points [-]

Well, since the beginning, not one unusual thing has ever happened. Now in Aerhien's world, magic works, which is in fact unusual, and in reality has never happened. However, by writing the story, I counterfactually postulated, within the story confines, that magic has happened, implying that magic is not unusual. So the hero, within the story confines, does not see anything unusual about it either.

That is, along with the counterfactual "magic is not unusual" I also postulated the reflective levels "magic is not perceived as unusual", "magic not being perceived as unusual is not seen as an unusual thought process", etc.

Comment author: orthonormal 02 August 2009 03:16:40AM 0 points [-]

Fair enough; I don't want to ruin a fine story by nitpicking the protagonist's prior. I was mainly wondering whether there was some bit of evidence I was missing, or whether this was just part of the necessary suspension of disbelief. I'm fine with it being the latter.