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Comment author: Alicorn 30 June 2011 10:24:15PM 3 points [-]

A: Let's taboo "rational" and replace it with math instead. What I meant was that two-boxing yields more money.
B: Oh, what I meant was that one-boxing yields more money.
A: We don't disagree about what "more money" means, do we?
B: Don't think so. Okay, so...

Comment author: Wei_Dai 30 June 2011 10:35:29PM 0 points [-]

I'm not getting your point, and also "yields" is not math...

Comment author: Perplexed 30 June 2011 11:54:05PM 0 points [-]

"Recommends" is math?

Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov 30 June 2011 11:58:59PM *  1 point [-]

It refers to the math that can be filled in on demand (more or less). In Alicorn's dialog, the intended math is not clear from the context, and indeed it seems that there was no specific intended math.

Comment author: Perplexed 01 July 2011 12:11:16AM *  1 point [-]

I disagree. Alicorn's version is more mathematically meaningful, to my mind, than WeiDai's. But to return to the original problem:

A. Two-boxing yields more money than would be yielded by counterfactually one-boxing.
B. Taboo "counterfactually". ...

Comment author: Wei_Dai 01 July 2011 12:15:07AM *  0 points [-]

Sorry, I thought it would be clear that it just means [the CDT formula] = 'two-box'.