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Politics is the Mind-Killer

Indeed, understanding the particular error in reasoning that the person is making is not merely sufficient but necessary for fully understanding a mistaken position. However, if your entire understanding is "because bias somehow" then you don't actually understand.

And you should be careful about accepting the uncharitable explanation preemptively, as it's rather tempting to explain away other people's beliefs and arguments that way.

Open thread, September 9-15, 2013

Does anyone know how to programmatically generate large video files (presumably made of noise) for testing purposes?

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 25, chapter 96

You're surely mistaken. The bible translators often brought in popular sayings and turns of phrase that seemed to fit. If there was a wizard motto with some currency that sounded like an appropriate translation when KJV was written, then I could totally see it being used in the bible, assuming there was any cross-pollination between wizards and christians at the time.

I don't see why the christians using a wizard motto would be particularly blasphemous, let alone maximally so.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 26, chapter 97

It's like bitcoin mining - whoever steals Muggle gold first gets to keep it. Of course that's the Americans.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 26, chapter 97

Hypothesis: The muggles don't possess much gold. Most of the huge stacks of gold in places like Fort Knox are clever magical replicas, and have been for a very long time. Any wizard can easily see through the ruse, but the muggles are clueless.

How do we have gold that we use as a conductor? Perhaps when a muggle handles fake gold, it gets magically swapped with real gold from a small supply elsewhere. Or else, maybe fake magic gold is a really good conductor.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 26, chapter 97

The problem was Moody not having read the paper when Harry brought it into the meeting.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality discussion thread, part 26, chapter 97

Theoretically, indemnity implies compensation which makes the person indemnified as well-off as they would have been before the harm occurred. At the least, this change could have later been construed as a debt owed to Malfoy from Potter.

Politics is the Mind-Killer

In logic, most examples are from politics because the most salient examples of logical fallacies are from politics. So that's probably why the Nixon example was about politics, even though it wasn't necessary.

[Link] AI advances: computers can be almost as funny as people

No, the completely random baseline generated funny jokes 3.7% of the time.

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