Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. Please visit our About page for more information.

DanielLC comments on Making Beliefs Pay Rent (in Anticipated Experiences) - Less Wrong

110 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 July 2007 10:59PM

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (245)

Sort By: Old

You are viewing a single comment's thread. Show more comments above.

Comment author: DanielLC 31 December 2009 12:32:22AM 1 point [-]

It was at one point theorized to have negative mass. If it's matter, and you make everything else weigh more, it works out the same.

I fail to see why you think it can't fit it with other knowledge of physics and chemistry. You can think of electricity as positively charged particles moving around with virtually zero loss of predicting power.

Comment author: Jack 31 December 2009 01:19:21AM 3 points [-]

For example, you can't use phlogiston in any model that also includes oxygen. Nor can you do any work at the molecular or sub-molecular level.

Similarly, thinking of electricity in terms of positively charged particles would be incompatible with atomic theory.