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Caledonian2 comments on Three Dialogues on Identity - Less Wrong

31 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 21 April 2008 06:13AM

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Comment author: Caledonian2 22 April 2008 07:34:52PM 0 points [-]

Words have no literal truth independent of webs of beliefs. The true answer to a question is what you have most reason to believe will leave the questioner best informed.

No, words have meanings assigned to them, and those meanings have objective properties that require the words to be used in certain ways. The true answer to a question is one that accurately represents the data being requested.

In this case, the true answer is that human eyes function the same way that camera lenses do, and that you make an image of a thing every time you look at it.