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Any object, tool, technique, or theory which is defined only as being "not this specific one".
 
Any object, tool, technique, or theory which is defined only as being "not this specific one".
  
: The set "apples" is much narrower than the set "not apples".  Apples form a [http://lesswrong.com/lw/nl/the_cluster_structure_of_thingspace/ compact cluster in thingspace], but nonapples vary much more widely in price, and size, and use.  When you say to build a wagon using "wood", you're giving much more concrete advice than when you say "not wood".  There are different kinds of wood, of course - but even so, when you say "wood", you've narrowed down the range of possible building materials a whole lot more than when you say "not wood".
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The set "apples" is much narrower than the set "not apples".  Apples form a [http://lesswrong.com/lw/nl/the_cluster_structure_of_thingspace/ compact cluster in thingspace], but nonapples vary much more widely in price, and size, and use.  When you say to build a wagon using "wood", you're giving much more concrete advice than when you say "not wood".  There are different kinds of wood, of course - but even so, when you say "wood", you've narrowed down the range of possible building materials a whole lot more than when you say "not wood".
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|[http://lesswrong.com/lw/vs/selling_nonapples/ Selling Nonapples]}}
  
== Main article ==
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==Main article==
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/vs/selling_nonapples/ Selling Nonapples], Eliezer Yudkowsky, 13 November 2008 08:10PM.
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/vs/selling_nonapples/ Selling Nonapples]
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==See also==
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*[[A Human's Guide to Words]] (sequence)
  
 
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Revision as of 19:07, 31 March 2010

Any object, tool, technique, or theory which is defined only as being "not this specific one".

The set "apples" is much narrower than the set "not apples". Apples form a compact cluster in thingspace, but nonapples vary much more widely in price, and size, and use. When you say to build a wagon using "wood", you're giving much more concrete advice than when you say "not wood". There are different kinds of wood, of course - but even so, when you say "wood", you've narrowed down the range of possible building materials a whole lot more than when you say "not wood".

Main article

See also