**From:** Ben Goertzel (*ben@goertzel.org*)

**Date:** Sun Apr 27 2003 - 18:24:13 MDT

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*> We were speaking of Occam's Razor, weren't we? If the
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*> information content
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*> *relative to Occam's Razor* and the question of the "simplest hypothesis"
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*> is to be measured in anything other than the Kolmogorov complexity, I
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*> think Messieurs Solomonoff and Hutter would wish to know about it. I
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*> certainly don't think the "amount of pattern present" is the right
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*> criterion for Occam's Razor! We want the simplest explanation, not the
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*> most boring description.
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Sure.. which is why the universe filled with hypothetical *undetectable*

aliens with Jennifer Lopez butts, Michael Jackson noses, and Dubya earlobes

is an unlikely universe -- it may have lots of interesting patterns, but

it's needlessly complex ...

I was just reacting to the notion that the integers as a whole are "simpler"

than individual large integers. While this statement reflects a deep

mathematical fact, it's also a bit of a play on words, as the mathematical

notion of simplicity involved is somewhat counterintuitive, and it not the

only interesting mathematical notion fo simplicity...

ben g

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