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Eliezer_Yudkowsky comments on Raising the Sanity Waterline - Less Wrong

114 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 March 2009 04:28AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 27 March 2009 11:37:59PM 4 points [-]

It's arguable that the original believers of religion were insane (e.g. shamans with schizotypical personality disorder, temporal lobe epilepsy, etc...), yet with each subsequent believer in your culture, you are less and less insane to believe in it.

But this would be true only if the subsequent believers were not taking into account previous believers as evidence - if they had all come to the same view independently. Otherwise we have an information cascade.

Comment author: HughRistik 02 April 2009 11:27:40PM 10 points [-]

Information cascades may be irrational, but they seem fully sane and neurotypical.