Beauty bias: "Lost in Math" by Sabine Hossenfelder

by avturchin 1 min read5th Sep 20187 comments


This is technically just a link post for those who didn't see the book yet. The main idea, as I understand it, is that while some physical theories are beautiful, other are complex and "ugly". Beauty should not be taken as evidence for truth.

It looks like sometimes in AI safety research aesthetics may be taken as an evidence (I will not provide examples, as in each case it may be just my interpretation), and thus possibility of such beauty bias should be taken into account.