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Bayesian refers to a specific, precise, operational technique for consistently updating quantifiable assumptions in light of new empirical evidence. The fact that you dubbed it as "abstract" and "pointless" is prima facie evidence that you don't understand its essentially operational quality.

It sould be obvious why it would be possible to devise an entire epistemology around the concept of making explicit one's knowledge (in particular, and most controversially, the assumptions implicit in a situation where there is "no prior data") and how "new data" actualizes the knowledge/assumptions.

I agree that JakeS's use of the phrase Bayesian Epistemology in this thread may be a bit of a rhetorical flourish, but your "abstract, narcissistic and pointless" jab just demonstrates ignorance.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Oct 28th, 2010 at 11:09:51 AM EST
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Your comment is inspiring but I avoid negative ratings.
by Lily (put - lilyalmond - here <a> yahaah.france) on Thu Oct 28th, 2010 at 01:13:12 PM EST
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and in what way demonstrates ignorance, pray you enlighten this poor soul

if you wanted to know what I meant, a simple question would have sufficed. that was no jab, just the observation that his appreciation of 'elegance' re Bayes' theory reminds of those mathematicians in love with their equations - or of those other writers infatuated with their own twists of phrase. more still,  my slightly abrupt tone in my other post is explained (re politicians).

finally, I believe Jake is perfectly capable to answer on his own, what do you think

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by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot franša) on Thu Oct 28th, 2010 at 02:48:29 PM EST
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oh and Migeru, you answering your own question re Bayes, what does that show, in your opinion ? :)

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by ValentinD (walentijn arobase free spot franša) on Thu Oct 28th, 2010 at 02:52:39 PM EST
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I agree that JakeS's use of the phrase Bayesian Epistemology in this thread may be a bit of a rhetorical flourish

I actually dislike that name, for much the same reason that I suspect you do. But that's what it's called, and I can't think of a better name for it on the fly.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Oct 28th, 2010 at 08:10:11 PM EST
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