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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]].
#REDIRECT [[Semantic stopsign]]
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]].
==See also==
*[[Improper belief]]
*[[Futility of chaos]]
==Blog posts==
=====Posts by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]:=====
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/it/semantic_stopsigns/ Semantic Stopsigns]
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/iu/mysterious_answers_to_mysterious_questions/ Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions]
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ip/fake_explanations/ Fake Explanations]
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/j3/science_as_curiositystopper/ "Science" as Curiosity-Stopper]
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/j2/explainworshipignore/ Explain/Worship/Ignore?]
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/iv/the_futility_of_emergence/ The Futility of Emergence]

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