[extropy-chat] what is probability?

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Sun Jan 14 21:02:24 UTC 2007

Jef Allbright wrote:
> When one identically rational agent chooses to use linear edge length,
> while the other agent chooses to use quadratic surface area, do you
> really think that different choice is made in the absence of different
> input information?

Methinks the problem is that there is no such thing as "two identically
rational agents" so identical that they have substantially identical
values, relevant knowledge, relevant perceptions, mental processes,
tools and so on.   Why bother with multiple different entities at all if
only precise rationality is needed and can be precisely defined and the
"right way" and "right views" is totally and completely objectively
determinable in all things?    Is it not amusing that we very sloppy
meat brains of very limited rigorous rationality or reasoning continue
to circle around the question of whether two really rational reasoners
can disagree?   Is it a rational use of our limited time and abilities
to continue thus?

- s

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