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38 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 October 2007 11:47PM

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Comment author: lessdazed 22 October 2011 03:58:36AM 0 points [-]

some mechanism in mind which makes it possible bypass them (really good drugs, for instance).

What?

I don't see any assertion of a causal relationship

What if it had read "the length and width of Universe, which is big"?

Comment author: pedanterrific 22 October 2011 04:09:23AM *  3 points [-]

(really good drugs, for instance)

What?

That is, the sort of New Agey people that tend to say "Science can never understand the nature of the soul!" don't mean that the soul can never be understood, just that understanding it requires divine revelation / seeing past the veil of Maya / altered mindstates corresponding suspiciously to the effects of LSD.

What if it had read "the length and width of Universe, which is big"?

Oh, I see - I parsed "Universe, which is ever changing" as a catechistic epithet, a la "Atomic Flux operating Near the God" or "Holy Mary, mother of God". It could be an implication of causality, but it still doesn't seem certain.

Comment author: lessdazed 22 October 2011 04:41:41AM 1 point [-]

people that tend to say "Science can never understand the nature of the soul!" don't mean that the soul can never be understood, just that it understanding it requires divine revelation

Good point. Sometimes they might mean one and other times the other.