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Vladimir_Nesov comments on "Arbitrary" - Less Wrong

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Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov 12 August 2008 09:42:15PM 2 points [-]

Or, in other words, arbitrary statement is one you won't accept as (an influence on) your own belief, one for which you can't trace the causal history back to its referent, given what you currently know. If you see a documentary about anthropomorphic aliens on TV, it is a fact about documentary-making process, not about aliens; the message of this documentary can't be dereferenced.