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36 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 21 February 2008 07:14PM

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Comment author: ctuck 14 May 2012 07:16:13PM *  2 points [-]

I think that Public_Heretic and Eielizer are actually having a disagreement about the definition of the word "Category".

If Eliezer says that a Category is "a label applied to a set of words that describe things which are similar", Then he is correct to say that a Category is "Wrong" or "not a proper category" if the words contained in the set do not describe things which are similar.

If Public_Heretic defines a Category as "a label applied to a set of words that describe things", then he is correct in saying that there can be no wrong or false categories, so long as the label is applied to a set of words.

I'm sure they would both agree to the point that a label applied to a set of words that describe things which are similar is more useful than a label applied to a set of words that describes things which are not similar.