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14 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 18 May 2008 05:19AM

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Comment author: Caledonian2 18 May 2008 06:35:31PM 4 points [-]

Eliezer didn't trust science too much. He didn't trust it enough. Instead of taking the duties and requirements of skepticism seriously, he treated the scientific method as another faith system.

I'm sure that was a very comforting and familiar approach to take, but it was still wrong. Completely, fundamentally wrong. It's utterly incompatible with the skepticism, open-mindedness, and radical doubt that is essential to the scientific method. And it seems to have had long-lasting implications for the sorts of positions Eliezer takes.