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Meetup : Bangalore Meetup

Last I heard there were more English speakers in this "world" than any other.

Bangalore Meetup: 19th June 4 pm

A Facebook group "Less Wrong Bangalore" has been created to enable communications of future meetups.

Bangalore Meetup: 28th May

A Facebook group "Less Wrong Bangalore" has been created to enable communications of future meetups.

Bangalore Meetup: 28th May

you're right roshni, the objectives don't match.

Bangalore Meetup: 28th May

Hi roshni, I just saw this post today. I recently thought about posting something like this and I am sorry I missed this. Maybe we can do this next Sunday as well.

Trying to Try

There's a familiar story - maybe you’ve heard it - a story about a proud young man who came to Socrates asking for knowledge. He walked up to the muscular philosopher and said, "O great Socrates, I come to you for knowledge."

Socrates led the young man through the streets of the town - down to the sea - and chest deep into water. Then he asked, "What do you want?"

"Knowledge, O wise Socrates," said the young man with a smile.

Socrates put his strong hands on the man's shoulders and pushed him under. Thirty seconds later Socrates let him up. "What do you want?" he asked again.

"Knowledge," the young man sputtered, "O great and wise Socrates."

Socrates pushed him under again. Thirty seconds passed, thirty-five. Forty. Socrates let him up. The man was gasping. What do you want, young man?"

Between heavy, heaving breaths the fellow wheezed, "Knowledge, O wise and wonderful..."

Socrates jammed him under again. Forty seconds passed. Fifty. "What do you want?"

"Air!" he screeched. "I need air!"

"When you want knowledge as you have just wanted air, then you will have knowledge."

Can you choose to try harder than you actually are? Isn't that like choosing to believe? I always thought you either believe or you don't. We don't have a choice in the matter. Do we?

Friedman's "Prediction vs. Explanation"

Since both theories satisfy all 20 experiments, for all intents and purposes of experimentation the theories are both equally valid or equally invalid.

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