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42 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 22 November 2006 08:00PM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 23 November 2006 08:14:28PM 9 points [-]

Joshua, the thought had occurred to me, but with all due respect to universities, that's the same sort of training-in-passing that you get from reading "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman" as a kid. It's not systematic, and it's not grounded in the recent advances in cognitive psychology or probability theory. If we continue with the muscle metaphor, then I would say that - if judged by the sole criterion of improving personal skills of rationality - then studying physics is the equivalent of playing tennis. If you actually want to do physics, of course, that's a whole separate issue. But if you want to study rationality, you really have to study rationality; just as if you wanted to study physics it wouldn't do to go off and study psychology instead.