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An '''improper belief''' is a [[belief]] that isn't concerned with describing the [[territory]]. May be caused by [[cognitive biases]]. A proper belief, on the other hand, [[beliefs require observations|requires observations]], gets [[belief update|updated]] upon encountering new [[evidence]], and [[beliefs pay rent|provides practical benefit]] in [[technical explanation|anticipated experience]].
 
An '''improper belief''' is a [[belief]] that isn't concerned with describing the [[territory]]. May be caused by [[cognitive biases]]. A proper belief, on the other hand, [[beliefs require observations|requires observations]], gets [[belief update|updated]] upon encountering new [[evidence]], and [[beliefs pay rent|provides practical benefit]] in [[technical explanation|anticipated experience]].
  
Note that the fact that a belief just happens to be true doesn't mean you're right to have it. If you buy a [[lottery]] ticket, certain that it's a winning ticket, and it is, it still was a mistake to believe that.
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Note that the fact that a belief just happens to be true doesn't mean you're right to have it. If you buy a [[lottery]] ticket, certain that it's a winning ticket (for no reason), and it happens to be, believing that was still a mistake.
  
 
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Revision as of 08:55, 23 September 2009

An improper belief is a belief that isn't concerned with describing the territory. May be caused by cognitive biases. A proper belief, on the other hand, requires observations, gets updated upon encountering new evidence, and provides practical benefit in anticipated experience.

Note that the fact that a belief just happens to be true doesn't mean you're right to have it. If you buy a lottery ticket, certain that it's a winning ticket (for no reason), and it happens to be, believing that was still a mistake.

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