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35 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 September 2007 08:01PM

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Comment author: James_Blair 03 September 2007 04:25:48AM 1 point [-]

I will note that in this particular fable you do not distinguish between different approaches to the Explain option. Mythological and scientific explanations are produced by different methods and have different qualities. I would especially note that scientific explanations have the quality of being predictive where mythological ones are not.

It doesn't have to. You request enough explanations and you start getting answers that make sense as they probe for the shortcomings of the answers you were given. Thorough investigation was not always the norm.