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Grognor comments on Fictional Bias - Less Wrong

1 Post author: thomblake 02 April 2012 02:10AM

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Comment author: Grognor 03 April 2012 12:07:09PM 6 points [-]

And yet, I was still fooled.

You have taught me not to change my mind so easily.

why

Comment author: Quinn 03 April 2012 07:59:34PM 3 points [-]

Grognor, I don't think it's fair to insinuate that you may have learned a wrong lesson here. If it's wrong (I actually doubt that it is), then it's up to you to try to resist learning it.

As regards walking readers into a trap to teach them lessons, one of my all-time favorite LW posts does exactly this, but is very forthcoming about it. By contrast, I think thomblake overestimates the absurdity of the examples here: I thought they seemed plausible, and that "Frodo Baggins" was just poor reasoning. The comments show I'm not alone here. This level of subtlety may be appropriate on April 1st, but by April 3rd, it's dated. I would recommend editing in a final line after the conclusion but before the references indicating that this post was an April Fool's joke.

Comment author: thomblake 04 April 2012 03:43:53PM 1 point [-]

I would recommend editing in a final line after the conclusion but before the references indicating that this post was an April Fool's joke.

Done, with appropriate subtlety.

Comment author: Grognor 04 April 2012 06:21:25AM *  1 point [-]

I'm not so sure the lesson is wrong. I'm very confused by this particular meta level, and I don't think this confusion will ever actually be resolved.

Edit: but you're right, I implied that this was a bad lesson to learn and shouldn't have done that.