[extropy-chat] Psychogenic Fields (was Role of MWI and Time Travel)

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky sentience at pobox.com
Sat Jun 3 05:19:07 UTC 2006

Harry Harrison wrote:
> Action potentials do not flow accross synapses. 
> I do not understand why you need a PF. You want the PF to
> generate EM. So why not have EM generate the PF? But then
> why have the PF at all if it is reduceable to EM? There's
> no additional predictive power and so you should remove it
> since it makes your existing theory bigger but not more powerful.

Oh, but then the theory doesn't have an amazing magical component in it, 
so it doesn't sound as neat.  Force fields!  Whee!  Remember, mysterious 
surface phenomena are always produced by mysterious underlying causes.

...are you the SF author Harry Harrison?

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                          http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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