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37 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 12 September 2008 12:12AM

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Comment author: Aaron6 12 September 2008 03:12:44AM 4 points [-]

Constant: with dogs, you can point to examples and say "these animals, and animals closely related to these are dogs".

Comment author: SecondWind 17 April 2013 06:34:55AM 2 points [-]

...whereas with vampires, you're stuck pointing to a collection of fictional representations. This restricts certain information-gathering techniques (you can't put a vampire under a microscope; at best, you can use a fictional account of a vampire under a microscope) but shouldn't make the exercise impossible. I'm pretty sure we could convey 'stop sign' without ever letting you observe a real-life stop sign.