Beauty bias: “Lost in Math” by Sabine Hossenfelder

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This is tech­ni­cally just a link post for those who didn’t see the book yet. The main idea, as I un­der­stand it, is that while some phys­i­cal the­o­ries are beau­tiful, other are com­plex and “ugly”. Beauty should not be taken as ev­i­dence for truth.

It looks like some­times in AI safety re­search aes­thet­ics may be taken as an ev­i­dence (I will not provide ex­am­ples, as in each case it may be just my in­ter­pre­ta­tion), and thus pos­si­bil­ity of such beauty bias should be taken into ac­count.