[extropy-chat] Coin Flip Paradox

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 31 01:59:06 UTC 2007

Sorry to suggest anything on your behalf.  To be honest I took the
opportunity afforded by the ambiguous "Do you have a point?" to go a
different direction.  I also did not mean to inflect that this thread
(or the number of similar threads) are not interesting or relevant in
general - more that they are interesting and relevant in such
excruciating detail that it is difficult (for me, for example) to have
any hope of entering the conversation.  I liken this to my own
experience at a party where my interests are often too 'heady' for the
majority of the guests.  In that situation, I prefer that the host
leave us alone rather than try to draw us back to the casual (shallow)
group conversation.  Perhaps my tone was less than gracious in
suggesting that a niche topic is easily ignored on a discussion list
without sacrificing either the quality of that topic or the list.

On 1/29/07, Gts <gts_2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
But I do appreciate the spirit of your comment. :)

Thanks.  I often take flak for what I say (or what people hear/read)
rather than what I meant.

On 1/29/07, Jef Allbright <jef at jefallbright.net> wrote:
> ON the contrary, I think the subject of probability is very interesting and relevant to the extropy list.  It's about how we make certain decisions under uncertain circumstances, with the other side of the coin being the understanding that a deterministic but uncertain world is a world of great and unknowable promise.  There is great beauty in principles such as the Principle of Indifference and of course, Bayes Theorem, and there is great practical value in an understanding of probability as a stepping stone to greater rationality.
> You responded as if Gordon's retort reflected the concerns I expressed.  Suggest you reread my post.

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