[ExI] wanting to

Jason Resch jasonresch at gmail.com
Sun Nov 5 22:56:32 UTC 2023

On Sun, Nov 5, 2023, 12:32 PM William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> Here's the way I look at it:
> If you want something, then you can do it.  Or you can want something and
> not do it.
> If you don't want something, you can not do it.  If you don't want
> something you can do it.
> Thus either wanting or not wanting gives us no information enabling us to
> make any valid prediction.     bill w

There is information in uncertain probabilities, and this information can
be less than 1 bit. The formula is: -log2(p) where p is the probability of
an event. If wanting or not wanting changes the probability of the outcome,
then it provides a positive amount of information (unless p == 1).

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