From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (email@example.com)
Date: Tue Mar 07 2006 - 15:41:43 MST
Phillip Huggan wrote:
> Is there a solid logical refutation to the theory that the world was
> created 5 seconds ago by unicorns as a by-product of their dreams?
Yes. The world contains a vast amount of compressible order for which
the simplest explanation is physics. Either your hypothesis is that the
unicorns dreamed all of physics up to this point - which is simply
existing physics plus "unicorns", an unjustified penalty of Kolmogorov
complexity - or, even worse, the unicorns dreamed something that
coincidentally looks exactly like highly ordered physics. Either way,
physics alone is a simpler hypothesis with a far greater prior probability.
-- Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://singinst.org/ Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
This archive was generated by hypermail 2.1.5 : Mon May 20 2013 - 04:01:04 MDT