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CronoDAS 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: CronoDAS 31 July 2009 07:13:48PM 4 points [-]

Yeah, the Counter-Force sounds a lot more like a fiction writer than the anthropic principle. Especially a writer like Stephen R. Donaldson, who loves torturing his characters before they manage to succeed in defeating the forces of evil.

Comment author: wedrifid 01 August 2009 11:01:37AM 4 points [-]

And yet, 'fiction writer' and 'anthropic principle' are incredibly alike in nature. In both cases we select universes from among the potential space based on the desired or implied survival of the protagonist. All else being roughly equal I would advocate the anthropic principle over a hypothesised external 'creator'.

Comment author: Kingreaper 03 December 2010 04:41:14PM *  6 points [-]

All else is not equal.

The anthropic principle would tend to involve the most minorly improbable thing.

ie. The whole volcano issue: which would be more improbable, not having the ridiculously close brush with defeat in the first place, or surviving it?

On the other hand, an authorial hand tends to seek out victories of low probability in preference over not just defeat, but also over victories of high probability.