Litany of Tarski
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".
Posts by Eliezer Yudkowsky:
- The Meditation on Curiousity
- Why truth? and... - You have an instrumental motive to care about the truth of your beliefs about anything you care about.
- 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 false belief.