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:If the box contains a diamond,
 
:If the box contains a diamond,
 
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:I desire to believe that the box does not contain a diamond;
 
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:Let me not become attached to beliefs I may not want.
 
:Let me not become attached to beliefs I may not want.
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|[[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]|[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/10/curiosity.html The Meditation on Curiousity]}}
  
 
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The Litany of Tarski can be stated about any fact. Here's another example:
Since the Litany of Tarski is actually an infinite family of litanies, it can also be stated as:
 
  
 
:If the sky is blue
 
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:I desire to believe "the sky is not blue".
 
:I desire to believe "the sky is not blue".
  
==See Also==
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==See also==
 
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* [[Litany of Gendlin]]
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*[[Self-deception]]
  
==References==
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==Blog posts==
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=====Overcoming Bias Articles=====
 
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* [http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/10/curiosity.html The Meditation on Curiousity] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
* [http://www.overcomingbias.com/2007/10/curiosity.html The Meditation on Curiousity] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
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* [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 false belief]].
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* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/s/belief_in_selfdeception/ Belief in Self-Deception] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
 
  
 
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Revision as of 20:10, 27 May 2009

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 can be stated about any fact. Here's another example:

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

See also

Blog posts