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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]]
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*[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 01:11, 7 August 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.

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