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40 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 16 March 2008 06:26AM

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Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 17 March 2008 02:03:12AM 2 points [-]

I'm surprised that this point is controversial enough that Eliezer felt the need to make a post about it, and even more surprised that he's catching heat in the comments for it. This "reductionism" is something I believe down to the bone, to the extent that I have trouble conceptualizing the world where it is false.

Seconded.

I suppose the next post is on how a non-reductionist universe would overwhelmingly violate Occam's Razor?

Comment author: taryneast 16 December 2010 11:12:55AM *  1 point [-]

Hmmm... from my understanding, Occam's Razor is not actually a Law, just an overwhelmingly useful Heuristic. Thus, I'm not sure that "violating" Occam's Razor means more than just saying that something is "far less likely". I don't believe it can be used to prove that a non-reductionist universe is "not true".