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81 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 26 February 2010 07:43AM

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Comment author: timtyler 26 February 2010 06:08:13PM *  8 points [-]

Re: "Core tenet 1: For any given observation, there are lots of different reasons that may have caused it."

This seems badly phrased. It is normally previous events that cause observations. It is not clear what it means for a reason to cause something.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 26 February 2010 07:26:51PM 3 points [-]

Good point. That sentence structure was a carryover from Finnish, where you can say that reasons cause things.

Would "Any given observation has many different possible causes" be better?

Comment author: Morthrod 26 February 2010 10:55:59PM 4 points [-]

Yes, that would be better.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 27 February 2010 02:50:08PM 2 points [-]