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If at any point some truth should seem shocking or bizarre, [[Mind projection fallacy|it's your brain that labels it as such]]; reality simply is what it is. [[Surprise]] is the measure of a poor hypothesis; a good model puts probability mass on outcomes that are more likely to actually occur, if your model of reality consistently makes bad predictions—if the the real world seems utterly strange or surreal to your intuitions—then it's your intuitions that need to change; the world isn't going to. '''Reality is normal'''.
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If at any point some truth should seem shocking or bizarre, [[Mind projection fallacy|it's your brain that labels it as such]]; reality simply is what it is. [[Surprise]] is the measure of a poor hypothesis. A good model puts probability mass on outcomes that are more likely to actually occur, if your model of reality consistently makes bad predictions—if the the real world seems utterly strange or surreal to your intuitions—then it's your intuitions that need to change; the world isn't going to. '''Reality is normal'''.
  
 
==Blog posts==
 
==Blog posts==
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/hs/think_like_reality/ Think Like Reality] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/hs/think_like_reality/ Think Like Reality] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]

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There is a shattering truth, so surprising and terrifying that people resist the implications with all their strength. Yet there are a lonely few with the courage to accept this satori. Here is wisdom, if you would be wise:

Since the beginning
Not one unusual thing
Has ever happened.

If at any point some truth should seem shocking or bizarre, it's your brain that labels it as such; reality simply is what it is. Surprise is the measure of a poor hypothesis. A good model puts probability mass on outcomes that are more likely to actually occur, if your model of reality consistently makes bad predictions—if the the real world seems utterly strange or surreal to your intuitions—then it's your intuitions that need to change; the world isn't going to. Reality is normal.

Blog posts