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Comment author: rocurley 12 March 2012 02:22:21PM 2 points [-]

Does he not accept Occam's Razor at all, or just in this context?

If at all, there's the nice example of: "The sun rose every day of my life"---> "The sun rises every day" vs "The sun rose every day before now, and won't in the future"

If he doesn't like Occam in this particular case, do you have any idea why?

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Comment author: TheatreAddict 15 March 2012 06:52:46AM 0 points [-]

He doesn't accept it at all, no idea why.

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Comment author: rocurley 12 March 2012 04:10:41AM 7 points [-]

Occam's razor is in your favor here, although there are more compelling arguments than the one your friend is making (see paper-machine's comment).

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Comment author: TheatreAddict 12 March 2012 10:25:47AM 0 points [-]

Yeah, he's trying to make the argument that Occam's Razor doesn't work. He insists he understand probability theory and how Occam's Razor works, but he still thinks it's an invalid argument.

I don't understand why. He's religious, and he says that Occam's Razor should prove God exists, then. Because it's easier to just say, "God did it." But I argued that God is a complex being.. ehh.

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3 TheatreAddict 12 March 2012 03:59AM

Alright, so this is going to sound a bit silly. I'm fairly sure I've read this on the Sequences somewhere, but for the life of me I can't find it. A friend of mine insists that there is a fifty-fifty chance that we live in the Matrix. His argument is that every bit of evidence we have to say that we exist outside of the Matrix is already based off of the idea that we live outside of the Matrix, and that we really have no evidence either way. He says there isn't a way of falsifying that we're not in the Matrix.

Yet I feel like he's wrong, and just can't explain why. I keep repeating that we don't have any evidence to suggest that we live in the Matrix, so why would we bother believing it? 

I feel like this could possibly be an analogy for the belief in God or something. >_> I'm tired, and I need help figuring this out.

Comment author: TheatreAddict 22 January 2012 04:43:53AM 1 point [-]

Okay, so astrology to me sounds extremely unscientific. But I haven't read anything on the subject, and other than knowing that it's something a lot of scientists thing is.. unscientific. To be perfectly fair, I can't just dismiss it because other people dismiss it.

I'd like to be able to dismiss it for scientific reasons. Because I was reading my horoscope, and I was like, "Hmm, well these are extremely vague statements that could apply to anyone and I don't particularly identify with." But then I was reading a friends, and I majorly freaked out because of how accurate it was.

So because of that, I now want to know the truth. Either astrology works or it doesn't. Does anyone know how I could go about determining this? I mean, does anyone have any books or online articles that they would recommend? I'd really appreciate it. I just want to understand.

Comment author: TheatreAddict 03 January 2012 06:42:19AM 1 point [-]

I'm a junior in high school. My GPA isn't terrible, but isn't good. 3.6ish. Meh. I'm of relatively average intelligence, I just possess a genuine curiousity for learning and stuffs. So... learning for me requires more effort than most people on here, it seems.

Basically, I'm confused about politics. I don't really know how to define myself, or even what side I like better (US politics, Republican vs. Democrat), or even if I should identify with a certain party. I have trouble even determining what I think about political issues, because it seems to me like the objective truth, if there is any in politics (to me it seems that multiple solutions exist... yet I assume one has to be at least somewhat more advantageous), is extremely muddled and difficult. And given it's hard to find an unbiased opinion... I just want the truth, damnit.

If anyone is interested in talking to me about stuffs, feel free to email me or add me on Facebook and message. I'm a part of the LessWrong high school club on Facebook.

Comment author: TheatreAddict 08 December 2011 03:05:26AM 0 points [-]

I probably share this with many people, it's just that I haven't come into direct contact with anyone who shares this. I'm extremely right-brained. I'm an actor. I'm slightly introverted, but I do pretty well with people, I struggle in math and science.

Yet I want to be a scientist. Which is a fairly left-brained aspiration, I think. Especially the heavier sciences, like physics. I don't know if that's a realistic goal.

And that isn't really unusual, my mind is higly regular. It's just that I'm using my brain for things it's not as capable of as other people... This is beginning to sound like a disadvantage. But being right-brained isn't all bad. Coming up with creative ideas is nice and fun. :]

Comment author: KPier 28 November 2011 03:15:11PM 2 points [-]

We're planning weekly/biweekly online meetups for the LessWrong teenage crowd, if you'd like more interesting people to talk to:

http://groups.google.com/group/lesswrong-highschool?hl=en

Comment author: TheatreAddict 28 November 2011 08:55:06PM 0 points [-]

Thanks! :D

Comment author: TheatreAddict 28 November 2011 05:18:51AM *  11 points [-]
  1. Hello! I'm Allison, 16, a Junior in high school.

  2. Yes, I've tried to enhance my education.. I mean, my GPA is 3.6, so I don't think I fit in with the LessWrong community very well. I'm not gifted with a natural born intelligence. I'm not saying I'm stupid, I'm just saying I'm not a genius and have to work pretty hard what comes easily to others. I struggle in math at school, despite being interested in it. I'm a thespian, so I'm fairly right-brained. But even though school is challenging for me, I also sometimes find it boring. And as I like learning, but not learning boring things, I've turned to the Internet for knowledge. This Christmas, I'm getting some textbooks found on the LessWrong textbook recommendation page. I try to independently study quantum mechanics (albeit largely unsuccessfully), philosophy, and probability theory.

  3. Heh. Well, my family, none. They're devoutly religious. I'm not. They don't know... I'm sort of a closet atheist. And yes, I know I probably shouldn't care what other people think of me, and just tell my family that I'm not religious. But I do care. So for now, I'm keeping silent. For the longest time, because I've been raised in a highly religious environment, I had no friends in real life who were rational/philosophical. BUT. This year I've had the pleasure of meeting two great people who have challenged my thoughts on philosophy, and have helped me to refine and develop my views on the subject into what they currently are. Also, they're fun pals to chat with.

  4. I'm considering being an actor, or possibly a scientist, if I can wrap my mind around the material. I'm not really sure at the moment. I like philosophy, but I can't really make a career out of majoring in philosophy. Although it would be the most interesting road to poverty.

  5. Thiel Fellowship? Not sure what that is.

  6. http://lesswrong.com/lw/b9/welcome_to_less_wrong/4heq

Also, sorry if this is an extremely long post.

Comment author: djcb 25 November 2011 04:27:22PM *  4 points [-]

IMHO, Nietzsche is a great source of aphorisms, and may be able to trigger some Deep Thoughts in readers, but a lot of his writing seems more like a sort of performance art to me. At least on a superficial level, he's much easier to read than Kant or Hegel, but that also means he does not even try to argue his point in a rigorous way.

To some extent I liked Also Sprach Zarathustra and Twilight of the Idols (IIRC), but I think it is quite far away from rationality. Then again, IANAPh, maybe I am missing something.

Comment author: TheatreAddict 25 November 2011 04:33:20PM 0 points [-]

I'm not really sure if there's any actual link between Nietzsche and rationality, I was merely curious what a person who possesses rationality's opinion was on Nietzsche. If that makes sense.

Thanks, though. Thus Spoke Zarathustra is on my list to read after I finish Human, All Too Human. On my copy of Human, All Too Human, though, they messed up the formatting of the comma on the main page, it wasn't centered properly after "Human", making it look extremely awkward.

I loled. Ironic?

LessWrong opinion of Nietzsche?

3 TheatreAddict 25 November 2011 04:08PM

So, at the risk of starting controversy, I'm not exactly sure what the policy is about asking questions on philosophy..

But would you mind giving your opinion on Nietzsche? I just bought Human, All Too Human. It's a tough read for me, and I'm sort of plowing through it, though it's interesting and stuff.

So... what do you all think? :D

Edit: I changed it from "Rationalist opinion of Nietzsche". Better?

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