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'''Self-deception''' is a state of preserving a wrong [[belief]], often facilitated by denying or [[rationalization|rationalizing away]] the relevance, significance, or importance of opposing [[evidence]] and logical arguments. Beliefs supported by self-deception are often chosen for reasons other than how closely those beliefs approximate [[truth]].
 
'''Self-deception''' is a state of preserving a wrong [[belief]], often facilitated by denying or [[rationalization|rationalizing away]] the relevance, significance, or importance of opposing [[evidence]] and logical arguments. Beliefs supported by self-deception are often chosen for reasons other than how closely those beliefs approximate [[truth]].
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Deceiving yourself is [http://lesswrong.com/lw/s/belief_in_selfdeception/ harder than it seems]. What looks like a successively adopted false belief may actually be just a [[belief in belief|belief in false belief]].
  
 
==Blog posts==
 
==Blog posts==
  
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/h7/selfdeception_hypocrisy_or_akrasia/ Self-deception: Hypocrisy or Akrasia?]
 
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/h7/selfdeception_hypocrisy_or_akrasia/ Self-deception: Hypocrisy or Akrasia?]
*[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]].
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==Sequence by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]==
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/r/no_really_ive_deceived_myself/ No, Really, I've Deceived Myself]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/s/belief_in_selfdeception Belief in Self Deception]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/1f/moores_paradox Moore's Paradox]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/1o/dont_believe_youll_selfdeceive Don't Believe You'll Self-Deceive]
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/1r/striving_to_accept Striving to Accept]
  
 
==Other resources==
 
==Other resources==

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Self-deception is a state of preserving a wrong belief, often facilitated by denying or rationalizing away the relevance, significance, or importance of opposing evidence and logical arguments. Beliefs supported by self-deception are often chosen for reasons other than how closely those beliefs approximate truth.

Deceiving yourself is harder than it seems. What looks like a successively adopted false belief may actually be just a belief in false belief.

Blog posts

Sequence by Eliezer Yudkowsky

Other resources

  • Robin Hanson (2009). "Enhancing Our Truth Orientation". in Larissa Behrendt, Nick Bostrom. Human Enhancement. Oxford University Press.  (PDF)

See also