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12 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 06 January 2009 10:23PM

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Comment author: gaffa2 07 January 2009 10:08:17PM 1 point [-]

RE: Eliezer: "PULL OUT THE WIRES"

Ok.

If anyone is interested, one of the people from the Experimental Philosophy crew did a study on peoples (people with no philosophical training) intuitions about experience machines, using a number of slightly different scenarios (including this "backward-looking experience machine"). The author's interpretation of the results is that peoples intuitions are largely an effect of status quo bias: they don't care if they're in reality or not, they care about maintaining status quo.

the paper: http://homepage.uab.edu/angner/SWB/DeBrigard.pdf