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41 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 15 August 2007 06:39PM

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Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 16 August 2007 02:24:05AM 1 point [-]

Yes, but if my opponent makes arguments a seven-year-old can see through, that increases the probability that they are dishonest, and decreases my trust in any claims they may make. (If they present a complete line of reasoning, that of course isn't changed, but I mean claims of fact that I can't easily verify, or arguments leaving out several inferential steps.)