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==Blog posts==
 
==Blog posts==
  
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/nc/newcombs_problem_and_regret_of_rationality/ Newcomb's Problem and Regret of Rationality] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/nc/newcombs_problem_and_regret_of_rationality/ Newcomb's Problem and Regret of Rationality]
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/nb/something_to_protect/ Something to Protect] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/nb/something_to_protect/ Something to Protect]
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/7i/rationality_is_systematized_winning/ Rationality is Systematized Winning] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/7i/rationality_is_systematized_winning/ Rationality is Systematized Winning]
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Rationalists should win]]
 
*[[Rationalists should win]]
 
*[[Something to protect]]
 
*[[Something to protect]]

Revision as of 08:28, 18 November 2009

The constraints of decision theory are only there to help you win; they don't specify what constitutes a win. Rationality in and of itself cannot constrain what you want, except insofar as what you thought you wanted was logically contradictory and couldn't exist anyway. Hence the saying: the utility function is not up for grabs.

Blog posts

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