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Traditional Rationality is phrased in terms of social rules, with violations interpretable as cheating - as defections from cooperative norms. If you want me to accept a belief from you, you are obligated to provide me with a certain amount of evidence. If you try to get out of it, we all know you're cheating on your obligation. A theory is obligated to make bold predictions for itself, not just steal predictions that other theories have labored to make. A theory is obligated to expose itself to falsification - if it tries to duck out, that's like trying to duck out of a fearsome initiation ritual; you must pay your dues.
 
Traditional Rationality is phrased in terms of social rules, with violations interpretable as cheating - as defections from cooperative norms. If you want me to accept a belief from you, you are obligated to provide me with a certain amount of evidence. If you try to get out of it, we all know you're cheating on your obligation. A theory is obligated to make bold predictions for itself, not just steal predictions that other theories have labored to make. A theory is obligated to expose itself to falsification - if it tries to duck out, that's like trying to duck out of a fearsome initiation ritual; you must pay your dues.
 
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==Blog posts==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/k1/no_one_can_exempt_you_from_rationalitys_laws/ No One Can Exempt You From Rationality's Laws] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/iy/my_wild_and_reckless_youth/ My Wild and Reckless Youth]  by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/q9/the_failures_of_eld_science/ The Failures of Eld Science] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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*[[Scales of justice fallacy]]
 
*[[Scales of justice fallacy]]
 
*[[Epistemic hygiene]], [[Absurdity heuristic]]
 
*[[Epistemic hygiene]], [[Absurdity heuristic]]
 
==Blog posts==
 
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/k1/no_one_can_exempt_you_from_rationalitys_laws/ No One Can Exempt You From Rationality's Laws] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/iy/my_wild_and_reckless_youth/ My Wild and Reckless Youth]  by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/q9/the_failures_of_eld_science/ The Failures of Eld Science] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
  
 
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Revision as of 05:59, 29 September 2009

Traditional Rationality is phrased in terms of social rules, with violations interpretable as cheating - as defections from cooperative norms. If you want me to accept a belief from you, you are obligated to provide me with a certain amount of evidence. If you try to get out of it, we all know you're cheating on your obligation. A theory is obligated to make bold predictions for itself, not just steal predictions that other theories have labored to make. A theory is obligated to expose itself to falsification - if it tries to duck out, that's like trying to duck out of a fearsome initiation ritual; you must pay your dues.

Blog posts

See also