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MrMormon comments on Semantic Stopsigns - Less Wrong

54 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 24 August 2007 07:29PM

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Comment author: MrMormon 03 April 2012 05:45:03AM 1 point [-]

Sometimes, the question "why?" is meaningless. If "all chickens came from eggs, and all eggs came from chickens" is a premise, that is the "why". Asking the why of the why is a tautology.

Comment author: DanielLC 03 April 2012 04:09:32PM 2 points [-]

But why do you assume all chickens came from eggs and all eggs came from chickens?

How is this different than just having "God exists" as a premise?

Comment author: jopt2 25 August 2012 08:05:30PM 1 point [-]

I don't think it is different in itself. I think some premises are more useful than others, an the anticipating-experience-sense.

Comment author: Rixie 25 January 2013 04:36:57AM -2 points [-]

I know that this doesn't actually contribute in any way, but chickens were bred into exsistance by humans, so, one female bird was bred with a different male bird and the resulting eggs were chickens. Therefore, the egg came before the chicken.