[SEQ RERUN] Typicality and Asymmetrical Similarity

by MinibearRex1 min read11th Jan 20121 comment


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Today's post, Typicality and Asymmetrical Similarity was originally published on 06 February 2008. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


You try to treat category membership as all-or-nothing, ignoring the existence of more and less typical subclusters.

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This post is part of the Rerunning the Sequences series, where we'll be going through Eliezer Yudkowsky's old posts in order so that people who are interested can (re-)read and discuss them. The previous post was Similarity Clusters, and you can use the sequence_reruns tag or rss feed to follow the rest of the series.

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I hesitate to comment on ducks and robins after reading the comment thread, but when I think about ducks and robins I picture the duck swimming on the duck pond and the robin sitting on a branch of a tree overhanging the duck pond. Prod me to to think about disease transmission and I picture the robin shitting in the water in which the duck is diving for weeds to eat. Guess which way I imagine disease transmission going :-)