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Less confusing than saying "belief and reality", "map and territory" reminds us that a map of Texas is not the same as Texas. "The map is not the territory," as the saying goes, "but you can't fold up the territory and put it in your glove compartment." Saying "map" also dispenses with possible meanings of "belief" apart from "representations of some part of reality".
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Less confusing than saying "belief and reality", "map and territory" reminds us that a map of Texas is not the same thing as Texas itself.  Saying "map" also dispenses with possible meanings of "belief" apart from "representations of some part of reality".
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Since our predictions don't always come true, we need different words to describe the thingy that generates our predictions and the thingy that generates our experimental results.  The first thingy is called "belief", the second thingy "reality".
  
 
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* [[Epistemic rationality]]
 
* [[Epistemic rationality]]
 
* [[Belief in belief]]
 
* [[Belief in belief]]
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* [[Mind Projection Fallacy]]
 
* [[Truth]]
 
* [[Truth]]
  
 
===Blog posts===
 
===Blog posts===
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/om/qualitatively_confused/ Qualitatively Confused] (Using qualitative, binary reasoning may make it easier to confuse belief and reality; if we use probability distributions, the distinction is much clearer.)
 
* [http://lesswrong.com/lw/om/qualitatively_confused/ Qualitatively Confused] (Using qualitative, binary reasoning may make it easier to confuse belief and reality; if we use probability distributions, the distinction is much clearer.)

Revision as of 07:40, 5 June 2009

Less confusing than saying "belief and reality", "map and territory" reminds us that a map of Texas is not the same thing as Texas itself. Saying "map" also dispenses with possible meanings of "belief" apart from "representations of some part of reality".

Since our predictions don't always come true, we need different words to describe the thingy that generates our predictions and the thingy that generates our experimental results. The first thingy is called "belief", the second thingy "reality".

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Blog posts

  • Qualitatively Confused (Using qualitative, binary reasoning may make it easier to confuse belief and reality; if we use probability distributions, the distinction is much clearer.)