Author Archives: Hellestal

Take Silly Examples Seriously

The previous post discussed Gun to the Head problems. But whenever silly hypotheticals come up, there are always (always…) people who try to question the nature of the example. A psychopath walks up to you with a cattle gun, friendo, … Continue reading

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I don’t know what’s important to you.

It’s hard to give examples of the importance of the rules of plausible reasoning without subjecting yourself to empty criticism, or even ridicule. If I use examples that I personally care about, then that example is going to be steeped … Continue reading

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There are problems in this universe where it is crucially important to get the right answer.

I would not, originally, have considered starting (or restarting) a blog with this as the slogan. This sounds like a platitude, a truism so banal and boring and uncontroversial that it’s not worth any explicit statement, just like saying “basic … Continue reading

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