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1 Post author: gworley 04 August 2017 08:55PM

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Comment author: ChristianKl 12 August 2017 08:39:20PM 2 points [-]

Bay area rationalism claims to be new, but is in many respects a rehash of old ideas like logical positivism.

I'm not sure that's true. CFAR (as one of the institutions of Bay Area rationalism) puts a lot of value on system I and system II being friends. Even when we just look at rationality!Eliezer, Eliezer argued for the Multiple World Hypothesis in a way that runs counter to logical positivism.

Comment author: TheAncientGeek 16 August 2017 10:25:54AM 0 points [-]

My take is that the LP is the official doctrine, and the MWI is an unwitting exception.

Comment author: ChristianKl 17 August 2017 04:00:55AM 1 point [-]

I don't think MWI is an exception to Eliezer's other stated views about epistomology. He isn't naive about epistomology and thinks that the fact that MWI is coherent in some sense is reason to believe in it even when there's no experiment that could be run to prove it.

Comment author: TheAncientGeek 17 August 2017 06:04:05PM 0 points [-]

He's naive enough to reinvent LP. And since when was "coherent , therefore true" a precept of his epistemology?