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62 Post author: Tyrrell_McAllister 12 August 2013 06:59AM

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Comment author: Coscott 12 August 2013 04:18:02PM *  2 points [-]

Just because Bayes did something awesome, doesn't mean that Bayesianism can't be named after other stuff that he worked on.

However, Bayesianism does invoke Bayes' Theorem as part of probability theory. Bayes' Theorem is a simple and useful part of Bayesian probability, so it makes a nice religious symbol, but I don't see it as much more than that. Saying Bayesianism is all about Bayes' Rule is like saying Christianity is about crosses. It is a small part of the belief structure.

Comment author: Luke_A_Somers 12 August 2013 05:51:56PM 6 points [-]

Seems more like saying that Christianity is all about forgiveness. There's a lot more to it than that, but you're getting a lot closer than 'crosses' would suggest.

Comment author: Coscott 12 August 2013 06:38:27PM 1 point [-]

Yeah, that was a bit of an exaggeration.