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buybuydandavis comments on Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions - Less Wrong

72 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 August 2007 10:27PM

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Comment author: buybuydandavis 22 September 2011 09:33:36AM *  3 points [-]

Your hand is just... stuff... and for some reason it moves under your direction. Is this not magic?

Yeah, I think it is. The one model we start with is the model of ourselves. Our hand moves because we will it to do so. If that were the only model I had, that's how I'd interpret the universe - every event was the result of the will of some being.

And stopping at "The Wizard Did It" makes perfect sense. We experience our own decisions as sufficient causes for our own actions.

I wonder how long it took for the concept of mechanism to take hold.

Comment author: Alicorn 22 September 2011 05:12:53PM 3 points [-]

The quotation feature works by preceding a paragraph with >, not by typing a pipe manually.

Comment author: buybuydandavis 29 September 2011 02:32:08AM *  1 point [-]

Thanks. I eventually found the page on markup. And the little envelope under my Karma that shows me the responses to my comments.