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Response to struggle4progress (Reply #5)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 12:53 AM

6. Do turkeys have a science of human behavior?

 

It is entirely pointless to argue whether it is "true" that people give food to turkeys out of benevolence. The only relevant question is whether or not the theory that benevolence motivates human beings to feed turkeys is predictively useful. Indeed, it is predictively useful. However, it fails to be predictively useful when the turkey is slaughtered. At that moment, it's too late for the turkey to start thinking about the possibility that there were things worth knowing that went beyond mere usefulness in making predictions.

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