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'Truth' is a very simple concept, understood perfectly well by three-year-olds, but often made unnecessarily complicated by adults.
 
'Truth' is a very simple concept, understood perfectly well by three-year-olds, but often made unnecessarily complicated by adults.
  
===Primary article===
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==See also==
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*[[Litany of Tarski]]
  
* [http://yudkowsky.net/rational/the-simple-truth The Simple Truth] by Eliezer Yudkowsky.
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==Primary article==
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*[http://yudkowsky.net/rational/the-simple-truth The Simple Truth] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]]
  
===Blog posts===
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==Blog posts==
*[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://www.overcomingbias.com/2006/11/why_truth_and.html Why truth? and...] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]] - You have an instrumental motive to care about the truth of your ''beliefs about'' anything you care about.
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/lz/guardians_of_the_truth/ Guardians of the Truth] (endorsing a concept of truth is not the same as endorsing a particular belief as eternally, absolutely, knowably true)
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/lz/guardians_of_the_truth/ Guardians of the Truth] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]] - Endorsing a concept of truth is not the same as endorsing a particular belief as eternally, absolutely, knowably true.
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/hp/feeling_rational/ Feeling Rational] (emotions cannot be true or false, but they can follow from true or false beliefs)
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/hp/feeling_rational/ Feeling Rational] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]] - Emotions cannot be true or false, but they can follow from true or false beliefs.
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jz/the_meditation_on_curiosity/#tarski The Meditation on Curiosity] (in particular, the Litany of Tarski).
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/jz/the_meditation_on_curiosity/#tarski The Meditation on Curiosity] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]] - In particular, the [[Litany of Tarski]].
*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/sf/fake_norms_or_truth_vs_truth/ "Truth" vs. Truth] (our society has a moral norm for applauding "truth", but actual truths get much less applause (this is a bad thing))
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*[http://lesswrong.com/lw/sf/fake_norms_or_truth_vs_truth/ "Truth" vs. Truth] by [[Eliezer Yudkowsky]] - Our society has a moral norm for applauding "truth", but actual truths get much less applause (this is a bad thing).
  
 
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Alfred Tarski defined truth in terms of an infinite family of sentences such as:

"The sentence 'snow is white' is true if and only if snow is white."

To understand whether a belief is true, we need (only) to understand what possible states of the world would make it true or false, and then ask directly about the world.

'Truth' is a very simple concept, understood perfectly well by three-year-olds, but often made unnecessarily complicated by adults.

See also

Primary article

Blog posts