[extropy-chat] META: Re: what is probability?

Anders Sandberg asa at nada.kth.se
Sun Jan 21 23:54:17 UTC 2007

Damien Broderick wrote:
>>The existence of one active thread does not preclude the existence of
>>other active threads.
> But oddly enough, it does seem to. Especially in the absence of a few
> quite different threads already in play. I suppose it's a bit like
> two or three people loudly picking nits in the middle of a dinner
> party, it seems to dry up the rest of the conversations and other
> people tend to tighten their lips and leave early. It *shouldn't*
> work that way in cyberspace, especially among intellectuals
> accustomed to the seminar room, but we're creatures of habit and the
> social body...

Your comment got me to analyse a bit of mailing list data rather
throughly, producing the following result:
At least in the case of that mailing list I did not see any evidence for
thread competition. Maybe it happens here anyway, maybe it is more a form
of attention competition or maybe just availability bias.

Anders Sandberg,
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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