Difference between revisions of "Litany of Tarski"

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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.
 
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Revision as of 20:14, 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