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

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 26 August 2007 09:08:24PM 23 points [-]

Since you can say "Why? Elan vital!" to any possible observation, it is equally good at explaining all outcomes, a disguised hypothesis of maximum entropy, etcetera.

But you say earlier 'Elan vital' was greatly weakened by a piece of evidence

Heh. A fair point! Every mysterianism, though it may fail to predict details and quantities, is ultimately vulnerable to the one experience in all the world that it does prohibit - the discovery of a non-mysterious explanation.