Michael Blume (dudley_doright) wrote,
Michael Blume
dudley_doright

From the "Rationality Quotes" discussion thread on LW

HonoreDB15:
Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain.

--J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Eliezer_Yudkowsky:
I can't help but ask whether you've ever found this advice personally useful, and if so, how.

MBlume:
Actually my first thought upon reading that was "follow the improbability" -- be suspicious of elements of your world-model that seem particularly well optimized in some direction if you can't see the source of the optimization pressure.

http://lesswrong.com/lw/37k/rationality_quotes_december_2010/35sf?context=2
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