[extropy-chat] what is probability?

Jef Allbright jef at jefallbright.net
Sat Jan 13 23:53:17 UTC 2007



From: extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org on behalf of Damien Broderick
Sent: Sat 1/13/2007 2:12 PM
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Subject: Re: [extropy-chat] what is probability?

At 12:01 PM 1/13/2007 -0800, Jef wrote:

>"A key question here is whether two machines, each functioning as
>rational processing units, with the same inputs,  might output
>different results to the same question."
>If you think they can provide different outputs, then your thinking
>is based on an assumption that (1) "rational" is different for
>different agents, or (2) "input" is different for different
>agents.  In either case, there's an assumption of something special
>(something undefined) going on in the subjective processing of the agent,

Well, to be awful trivial: J and G are rational machines closely
resembling humans. Input to both the question: Posit that either but
not both J or G must perish; which is the preferred selection? For
some values of G and J, I'd be startled if they output the same results.

Damien Broderick

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