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80 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 November 2007 06:57AM

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Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 November 2007 06:08:16PM 3 points [-]

To actually explain an outcome, you must only be able to make-up-a-plausible-sounding-explanation-for that outcome, and not make-up-a-plausible-sounding-explanation-for zillions of other possible outcomes. Evolution does this, successfully, for millions of species, which is good.

The more actual outcomes a scientific theory explains, the better; the more potential outcomes it could have explained just as plausibly, the worse.

Sorry if this wasn't clear.