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77 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 October 2012 06:16PM

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Comment author: thomblake 02 October 2012 01:56:35PM *  14 points [-]

This post is better than the simple truth and I will be linking to it more often, even though this isn't as funny.

Nice illustrations.

EDIT: Reworded in praise-first style.

Comment author: MBlume 02 October 2012 09:18:08PM *  16 points [-]

The other day Yvain was reading aloud from Feser and I said I wished Feser would read The Simple Truth. I don't think this would help quite as much.

The Simple Truth sought to convey the intuition that truth is not just a property of propositions in brains, but of any system successfully entangled with another system. Once the shepherd's leveled up a bit in his craftsmanship, the sheep can pull aside the curtain, drop a pebble into the bucket, and the level in the bucket will remain true without human intervention.

Comment author: thomblake 03 October 2012 01:59:14PM 0 points [-]

Good point.

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 October 2012 06:35:56PM 4 points [-]

Thanks!

Comment author: [deleted] 02 October 2012 09:31:23PM 12 points [-]

I also really enjoyed this post, and specifically thought that the illustrations were much nicer than what's been done before.

However, I did notice that out of all the illustrations that were made for this post, there were about 8 male characters drawn, and 0 females. (The first picture of the Sally-Anne test did portray females, but it was taken from another source, not drawn for this post like the others.) In the future, it might be a good idea to portray both men AND women in your illustrations. I know that you personally use the "flip a coin" method for gender assignment when you can, but it doesn't seem like the illustrator does (There IS a 0.3% chance that the coin flips just all came up "male" for the drawings)

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 October 2012 11:33:18PM 15 points [-]

The specs given to the illustrator were stick figures. I noticed the male prevalence and requested some female versions or replacement with actual stick figures.

Comment author: arundelo 02 October 2012 11:52:45PM 4 points [-]

In the light of the illustrations' lack of gender variety it's strange that they do have a variety of skin and hair colors.

Comment author: [deleted] 03 October 2012 10:14:06AM *  2 points [-]

I hadn't noticed about their sex, but I did notice that they all seem to be children and no adults (EDIT: except the professor in the last picture). (BTW, the character with dark hair, pale skin, red T-shirt and blue trousers doesn't obviously look masculine to me; it might as well be a female child (too young to have boobs).)

Comment author: Alex_Altair 04 October 2012 06:37:23PM 1 point [-]

Fixed.

Comment author: lukeprog 02 October 2012 03:42:10PM 3 points [-]

Ditto.