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

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Comment author: Ian_C. 17 March 2008 11:02:47AM 0 points [-]

Ben Jones: "If you have a wrong belief, saying 'my mind is part of reality!' doesn't make it any less wrong. Agreed?"

I agree that there is a difference between the object in the mind and the object in the world, but I wouldn't call it distortion any more than a chair is a distortion of the table next to it. They are both just different parts of reality. But if your mind can only be aware of the chair then you must discover the table by deduction, which is what someone trying to "correct" the chair would do also. So yes, I guess it makes little practical difference.

"That was exactly the situation I found myself in at about 3am on Sunday morning."

And here I was thinking it was only a model, when it was direct observation all along! Who am I to contradict direct observation? I hereby accept your theory and discard my own :-)