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The proper purpose of a doubt is to destroy its target belief [[Litany of Tarski|if and only if]] it is false. Merely going around doubting things, without following up and investigating, doesn't help you get truer beliefs. The mere feeling of crushing uncertainty is not virtuous unto an aspiring rationalist; probability theory is the law that says we must be uncertain to the exact extent to which the evidence merits uncertainty.  
* A rational doubt exists to destroy its target belief, and if it does not destroy its target it dies unfulfilled.
 
* A rational doubt arises from some specific reason the belief might be wrong.
 
* An unresolved doubt is a null-op.
 
* An uninvestigated doubt might as well not exist.
 
* You should not be proud of mere doubting, although you can justly be proud when you have just finished tearing a cherished belief to shreds.
 
* Though it may take courage to face your doubts, never forget that to an ideal mind doubt would not be scary in the first place.
 
|[http://lesswrong.com/lw/ib/the_proper_use_of_doubt/ The Proper Use of Doubt]
 
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Revision as of 09:55, 19 November 2009

The proper purpose of a doubt is to destroy its target belief if and only if it is false. Merely going around doubting things, without following up and investigating, doesn't help you get truer beliefs. The mere feeling of crushing uncertainty is not virtuous unto an aspiring rationalist; probability theory is the law that says we must be uncertain to the exact extent to which the evidence merits uncertainty.

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See also