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To form accurate [[belief|beliefs]] about something, you ''really'' do have to observe it. And this is a physical law.
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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.
 
 
Surface similarity between different phenomena may indicate that they are related, but it is not necessarily the case. Reasoning by similarity is only valid where it allows to surface actual interaction.
 
  
 
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*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2008/02/second-law.html The Second Law of Thermodynamics, and Engines of Cognition] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2008/02/second-law.html The Second Law of Thermodynamics, and Engines of Cognition] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2008/06/surface-analogi.html Surface Analogies and Deep Causes] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ne/the_parable_of_the_dagger/ The Parable of the Dagger] 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 06:25, 17 July 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.

See also

Blog posts