[SEQ RERUN] Motivated Stopping and Motivated Continuation

by MinibearRex1 min read10th Oct 20114 comments


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Today's post, Motivated Stopping and Motivated Continuation was originally published on 28 October 2007. A summary (taken from the LW wiki):


When the evidence we've seen points towards a conclusion that we like or dislike, there is a temptation to stop the search for evidence prematurely, or to insist that more evidence is needed.

Discuss the post here (rather than in the comments to the original post).

This post is part of the Rerunning the Sequences series, where we'll be going through Eliezer Yudkowsky's old posts in order so that people who are interested can (re-)read and discuss them. The previous post was Why Are Individual IQ Differences OK?, and you can use the sequence_reruns tag or rss feed to follow the rest of the series.

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