I only commented on 33% of it, so I'd say that's a pretty decent result.

So now we're in a situation mildly close to an interesting epistemic situation, which is, winning the lottery. Winning the lottery or some better-optimized event provides a lot of incommunicable evidence that you're in a simulation. The typical anthropic problem in group epistemology -- your winning tells me nothing. I have a question for you: How serious a problem do you think this is in practice? If it's a common problem and been one throughout history, what social institutions would have evolved to help solve the problem? Or is solving the problem impossible? Only try to answer these if you're interested in the questions themselves of course.

This post is for sacrificing my credibility!

by Will_Newsome 1 min read2nd Jun 2012347 comments


Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. Don't worry, there won't be future posts like this, so you don't have to delete my LessWrong account, and anyway I could make another, and another.

But since you've dared to read this far:

Credibility. Should you maximize it, or minimize it? Have I made an error?


Don't be shallow, don't just consider the obvious points. Consider that I've thought about this for many, many hours, and that you don't have any privileged information. Whence our disagreement, if one exists?