I think too that Jaynes failed in his attempt, but just because he died too, too soon.
Otherwise, have he lived a long life, I believe we would have had much more advancement in the field. To the present moment, nobody seems interested in bringing forward his vision, not even his closest student (Bretthorst, who edited the printed version of Jaynes' book).

Having said this, I believe you are wrong, because while it's true that two different agents can come up with two different prior for the same problem, they can do so only if they have different informatio... (read more)

two different agents can come up with two different prior for the same problem, they can do so only if they have different information

Sure, but agents almost always have different background information, in some cases radically different background information.

Let's say a pharma company comes out with a new drug. The company claims: "Using our specially-developed prior, which is based on our extensive background knowledge of human biochemistry, in combination with the results of our recent clinical trial, we can see that our new drug has a miracu... (read more)

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