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

gts gts_2000 at yahoo.com
Mon Jan 22 02:36:04 UTC 2007

Even if Damien's theory is correct in general, I don't believe the  
supposed thread competition effect occurred here in first place, in *this*  
case, at least not to any significant degree.

I say this because I was participating in at least two other threads when  
Eugen came along and somewhat capriciously nixed this one about  
probability theory.

There was in my opinion no good reason to shut it down. The discussion was  
not inflamed; it was reasonable and civil and we were even starting to  
have some fun with it (Jef's funny take-off on my Spock bit).  And as I've  
already mentioned, there were at least to my way of thinking many  
sub-topics in the philosophy of probability still waiting to be discussed  
in more detail by those of us who might be interested (Popper's propensity  
theory, for example, and the variations thereof, in addition to other  
theories). Also there were newly opened questions still floating in the  
thread at the time, for example an investigation into the algorithmic  
theories of randomness and how they might affect the various  
interpretations of probability theory, to me very interesting questions  
worth pursuing but which I have been forced to take elsewhere. <grumble>


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