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

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Comment author: MoreOn 25 February 2011 11:34:40PM *  1 point [-]

Two people have semantically different beliefs.

Both beliefs lead them to anticipate the same experience.

EDIT: In other words, two people might think they have different beliefs, but when it comes to anticipated experiences, they have similar enough beliefs about the properties of sound waves and the properties of falling trees and recorders and etc etc that they anticipate the same experience.

Comment author: JGWeissman 25 February 2011 11:53:11PM 2 points [-]

Two people have semantically different beliefs.

Taboo "semantically".

See also the example of The Dragon in the Garage, as discussed in the followup article.

Comment author: MoreOn 26 February 2011 12:31:18AM 0 points [-]

Taboo'ed. See edit.

Although I have a bone to pick with the whole "belief in belief" business, right now I'll concede that people actually do carry beliefs around that don't lead to anticipated experiences. Wulky Wilkinsen being a "post-utopian" (as interpreted from my current state of knowing 0 about Wulky Wilkinsen and post-utopians) is a belief that doesn't pay any rent at all, not even a paper that says "moneeez."