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If the box contains a diamond,
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If the box contains a diamond,<br>
I desire to believe that the box contains a diamond;
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I desire to believe that the box contains a diamond;<br>
If the box does not contain a diamond,
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If the box does not contain a diamond,<br>
I desire to believe that the box does not contain a diamond;
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I desire to believe that the box does not contain a diamond;<br>
 
Let me not become attached to beliefs I may not want.
 
Let me not become attached to beliefs I may not want.
|[[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]|[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/10/curiosity.html The Meditation on Curiousity]}}
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|[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jz/the_meditation_on_curiosity/ The Meditation on Curiosity]}}
  
The Litany of Tarski can be stated about any fact. Here's another example:
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The '''Litany of [[Wikipedia:Alfred Tarski|Tarski]]''' is actually a litany template that can be stated about any fact. Here's another example:
  
 
:If the sky is blue
 
:If the sky is blue
:I desire to believe "the sky is blue"
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::I desire to believe that the sky is blue
 
:If the sky is not blue
 
:If the sky is not blue
:I desire to believe "the sky is not blue".
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::I desire to believe that the sky is not blue.
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==Blog posts==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jz/the_meditation_on_curiosity/ The Meditation on Curiosity]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/go/why_truth_and/ Why truth? And...] — You have an instrumental motive to care about the truth of your ''beliefs about'' anything you care about.
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/s/belief_in_selfdeception/ Belief in Self-Deception] — Deceiving yourself is harder than it seems. What looks like a successively adopted false belief may actually be just a [[belief in belief|belief in false belief]].
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/js/the_bottom_line/ The Bottom Line]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jw/a_rational_argument/ A Rational Argument]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/39/tarski_statements_as_rationalist_exercise/ Tarski Statements as Rationalist Exercise] by [[Vladimir Nesov]]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/gt/a_fable_of_science_and_politics/ A Fable of Science and Politics] -- characters discover the color of the sky, with political implications.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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*[[Truth]]
 
*[[Litany of Gendlin]]
 
*[[Litany of Gendlin]]
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*[[Epistemic hygiene]]
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*[[Rationalization]]
 
*[[Self-deception]]
 
*[[Self-deception]]
 
==Blog posts==
 
* [http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/10/curiosity.html The Meditation on Curiousity] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/s/belief_in_selfdeception/ Belief in Self-Deception] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]] - Deceiving yourself is harder than it seems. What looks like a successively adopted false belief may actually be just a [[belief in belief|belief in false belief]].
 
  
 
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[[Category:Positions]]
 
[[Category:Positions]]
 
[[Category:Techniques]]
 
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[[Category:Litanies]]

Latest revision as of 23:22, 26 December 2019

If the box contains a diamond,
I desire to believe that the box contains a diamond;
If the box does not contain a diamond,
I desire to believe that the box does not contain a diamond;
Let me not become attached to beliefs I may not want.

The Litany of Tarski is actually a litany template that can be stated about any fact. Here's another example:

If the sky is blue
I desire to believe that the sky is blue
If the sky is not blue
I desire to believe that the sky is not blue.

Blog posts

See also