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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 23 April 2008 09:41:45PM 1 point [-]

If you showed this man a camera obscura, would he call that "making an image"? I suspect he would. It works on the same principles as an eye. If you performed the classic demonstration with a sheep's eye, and he saw the image made on the retina, it might easily fall into his category.

Really, you just have to acknowledge that you're dealing with a lesser mind and try as best you can to explain the reality of the situation.

(For extra credit, show him satellite photos of the location where you and he are and explain that people have been taking pictures of the villagers for years. Clearly, they've been p-zombies all this time.)

(Well, no. They probably aren't sophisticated enough to fall into the trap of believing in p-zombies. They might just conclude they don't have souls.)

Comment author: DanielLC 12 April 2012 04:34:03AM 0 points [-]

Satellite photos aren't high enough quality to show individual people. They're not going to object to a one-pixel image. It's just a square.