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24 Post author: Wei_Dai 11 December 2009 12:25AM

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Comment author: MichaelVassar 11 December 2009 11:53:51AM 5 points [-]

This word "possible" carries a LOT of hidden baggage. If math tells us anything its that LOTS of things SEEM possible to us because we aren't logically omniscient but aren't really possible.

While we're at it, how about we drop "worlds" from the mix. I don't think it adds anything. If we replace it with "information flows" do things work better?

Comment author: Peter_de_Blanc 11 December 2009 08:11:35PM 8 points [-]

Do you mean something precise by "information flows"?

Comment author: Wei_Dai 12 December 2009 12:47:22PM 4 points [-]

Possible world is a standard term in several related fields, such as philosophy and linguistics. Are you arguing against my particular usage, or all usage of the term in general?