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Self-Locating Belief in Big Worlds: Cosmology’s Missing Link to Observation

Bostrom, Nick (2002) Self-Locating Belief in Big Worlds: Cosmology’s Missing Link to Observation. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    Current cosmological theories say that the world is so big that all possible observations are in fact made. But then, how can such theories be tested? What could count as negative evidence? To answer that, we need to consider observation selection effects.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Additional Information: This is a preprint of “Self-Locating Belief in Big Worlds: Cosmology’s Missing Link to Observation.” Journal of Philosophy. Vol. 99, No. 12. (2002)
    Keywords: self-locating belief, anthropic principle, self-sampling assumption, cosmology, indexical evidence, observation, indexical epistemology, observation selection effects, Bayesian, paradox, probability, underdetermination
    Subjects: Specific Sciences > Probability/Statistics
    General Issues > Confirmation/Induction
    Specific Sciences > Physics > Cosmology
    General Issues > Theory/Observation
    Depositing User: Nick Bostrom
    Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2004
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:12
    Item ID: 1625
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/1625

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