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Rationality Quotes Thread March 2015

No, science is not a set of answers; it is a procedure.

Nassim Taleb

Rationality Quotes Thread March 2015

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.

Richard Feynman, What is Science?

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 113

Thinking about it, the situation is basically the AI box experiment from Voldy's point of view. He has a boxed unfriendly super-intelligence (Harry) that he's going to destroy just as soon as he finishes talking to it.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 113

Interesting, so it all comes down to a version of the AI box experiment.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 112

Of course Keats isn't alluding to contemporary literature, but to works that have lasted long enough that one can be confident their popularity isn't limited to a particular moment.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 109

If the laws of reality are simulated, then they must be computable.

Depends on what they're being stimulated on.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 108

Offhand, I can't think of a book which mentioned the phrase.

Every haggadah in existence.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapter 108

From a RL point of view it's because Eliezer, for his post on the importance of learning from history, is extremely unfamiliar with cultures and times other than his own.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, February 2015, chapters 105-107

Well, that raises the question how exactly does magic interact with aliens? Come to think of it how do hocruxes interact with Terran non-human sentients?

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