On Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at Craig Weinberg <whatsons...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> unlike psi it would be easily repeatable, if one person who claimed to
>> have a sense of humor laughed and said that was a very good joke it is
>> statistically very likely (although not certain) that another person who
>> also claimed to have a sense of humor would make the same noise,
> > Why? Do all people who have a good sense of humor laugh at the same
Pretty much, certainly the probability of hearing the sound of laughter is
much higher than you'd expect from pure randomness, otherwise it would be
impossible for professional comedians to make a living. There are
professional fortune tellers but they make their living by fooling the
stupid not mother nature. If psi is a real phenomenon I don't understand
why state lotteries nevertheless consistently manage make money.
>> a hard problem theory doesn't have to actually do anything, but a easy
>> problem theory most certainly does. Any hard problem theory will work just
>> fine, any at all,
> > For example?
Only one thing in the universe can produce consciousness, the left big toe
on a size 12 foot. This theory is perfectly consistent with everything I
have ever observed about consciousness. By the way, I happen to ware size
12 shoes and still have 10 toes.
> Building 100ft sculptures of people's cats out of toothpicks would be
> devilishly hard
> > and profitable too.
> Why does that matter?
Beats the hell out of me.
> I don't see a contest between the easy and hard problem
If you have 2 problems to solve you don't see the value of solving the easy
one first and then using the wisdom gained from that solution to solve the
> Everything seems to boil down to some variation of 'My assumptions are
> justified because winners win with winning assumptions, and winning always
> wins... and don't forget the winning.'
Very well put.
John K Clark
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