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'''Curiosity stopper''' is an event that convinces a person to stop pursuing the [[truth]] in some matter without finding the answer. Often a confusing response that looks like an answer, but actually isn't. Can preserve [[improper belief|incorrect beliefs]] for a long time. A tool of [[dark arts]] and important part of any [[anti-epistemology]].
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'''Curiosity stopper''', or '''semantic stopsign''' is an event that convinces a person to stop pursuing the [[truth]] in some matter without finding the answer. Often a confusing response that looks like an answer, but actually isn't. Can preserve [[improper belief|incorrect beliefs]] for a long time. A tool of [[dark arts]] and important part of any [[anti-epistemology]].
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When specific words act as stopsigns, placing a [[rationalist taboo]] on them may help. [[Epistemic hygiene]] allows to exclude some of the stopsigns raised by [[arguments as soldiers|partial arguers]].
  
 
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Revision as of 11:11, 17 July 2009

Curiosity stopper, or semantic stopsign is an event that convinces a person to stop pursuing the truth in some matter without finding the answer. Often a confusing response that looks like an answer, but actually isn't. Can preserve incorrect beliefs for a long time. A tool of dark arts and important part of any anti-epistemology.

When specific words act as stopsigns, placing a rationalist taboo on them may help. Epistemic hygiene allows to exclude some of the stopsigns raised by partial arguers.

See also

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