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To form accurate [[belief|beliefs]] about something, you ''really'' do have to observe it.  This can be viewed as a special case of the second law of [[thermodynamics]], in fact, since "knowledge" is correlation of belief with reality, which is mutual information, which is a form of negentropy.
 
To form accurate [[belief|beliefs]] about something, you ''really'' do have to observe it.  This can be viewed as a special case of the second law of [[thermodynamics]], in fact, since "knowledge" is correlation of belief with reality, which is mutual information, which is a form of negentropy.
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==Blog posts==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/o5/the_second_law_of_thermodynamics_and_engines_of/ The Second Law of Thermodynamics, and Engines of Cognition] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ne/the_parable_of_the_dagger/ The Parable of the Dagger] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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* [[Belief in belief]]
 
* [[Belief in belief]]
 
* [[Free-floating belief]]
 
* [[Free-floating belief]]
 
==Blog posts==
 
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/o5/the_second_law_of_thermodynamics_and_engines_of/ The Second Law of Thermodynamics, and Engines of Cognition] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ne/the_parable_of_the_dagger/ The Parable of the Dagger] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
  
 
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Revision as of 03:31, 29 September 2009

To form accurate beliefs about something, you really do have to observe it. This can be viewed as a special case of the second law of thermodynamics, in fact, since "knowledge" is correlation of belief with reality, which is mutual information, which is a form of negentropy.

Blog posts

See also