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PK comments on Words as Hidden Inferences - Less Wrong

40 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 03 February 2008 11:36PM

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Comment author: PK 04 February 2008 01:15:37AM 1 point [-]

Eliezer said: "Your brain doesn't treat words as logical definitions with no empirical consequences, and so neither should you. The mere act of creating a word can cause your mind to allocate a category, and thereby trigger unconscious inferences of similarity."

What alternative model would you propose? I'm not quite ready yet to stop using words that imperfectly place objects into categories. I'll keep the fact that categories are imperfect in mind.

I really don't mean this in a condescending way. I'm just not sure what new belief this line of reasoning is supposed to convey.