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30 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 08 April 2008 07:40AM

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Comment author: Kingreaper 07 July 2010 06:02:03PM 3 points [-]

I actually use a slightly different principle for statements like that.

I call it the "preferred action principle" (or Reaper's Law when I'm feeling pretentious)

If a possible model of reality doesn't give me a preferred action, ie. if all actions, including inaction, are equally reasonable (and therefore, all actions are of relative utility 0) in that model, I reject that model out of hand. Not as false, but as utterly useless.

Even if it's 3^^^3 9s certain that that is the real world, I might as well ignore that possibility, because it puts no weight into the utility calculations.