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I desire to believe that the box does not contain a diamond;<br>
 
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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|[[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]|[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jz/the_meditation_on_curiosity/ The Meditation on Curiousity]}}
  
 
The Litany of Tarski can be stated about any fact. Here's another example:
 
The Litany of Tarski can be stated about any fact. Here's another example:
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=====Posts by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]:=====
 
=====Posts by [[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 Curiousity]
*[http://www.overcomingbias.com/2006/11/why_truth_and.html 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/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.
 
*[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]].
 
*[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]].
  

Revision as of 00:55, 7 August 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

Posts by Eliezer Yudkowsky: