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24 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 04 August 2011 11:35AM

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Comment author: TheOtherDave 04 August 2011 03:09:58PM -2 points [-]

When a system achieves sufficient complexity, we have a tendency to reify it. I don't know what that bias is called.

Me neither, but the fundamental attribution bias is (I think) related to it.

That is, I suspect that the same mechanisms that leave me predisposed to treat an observed event as evidence of a hypothesized attribute of an entity (even when it's much more strongly evidence of a distributed function of a system) also leave me predisposed to treat the event as evidence of a hypothesized entity.

Labels aside, it's not a surprising property: when it came to identifying entities in our ancestral environment, I suspect that false negatives exerted more negative selection pressure than false positives.

Comment author: Normal_Anomaly 04 August 2011 06:46:06PM 2 points [-]

I think the tendency to treat events as evidence of entities more than is warranted is called "agency bias," or "delusions of agency" when it's unusuallly strong.

Comment author: lessdazed 05 August 2011 02:01:49AM 4 points [-]

Sometimes called promiscuous teleology.

Comment author: EvelynM 06 August 2011 02:22:42AM 0 points [-]

Thank you.

Comment author: EvelynM 06 August 2011 02:22:33AM 0 points [-]

Thank you.