Should the mind projection fallacy actually be considered a fallacy? It seems like being unable to imagine a scenario where something is possible is in fact Bayesian evidence that it is impossible, but only weak Bayesian evidence. Being unable to imagine a scenario where 2+2=5, for instance, could be considered evidence that 2+2 ever equaling 5 is impossible.

2Oscar_Cunningham2yThis isn't an accurate description of the mind projection fallacy. The mind projection fallacy happens when someone thinks that some phenomenon occurs in the real world but in fact the phenomenon is a part of the way their mind works. But yes, it's common to almost all fallacies that they are in fact weak Bayesian evidence for whatever they were supposed to support.

Open Thread September 2018

by Elo 1 min read31st Aug 201872 comments


If it’s worth saying, but not worth its own post, then it goes here.

Notes for future OT posters:

  1. What accomplishments are you celebrating from the last month?
  2. What are you reading?
  3. What reflections do you have for yourself or others from the last month?
  4. What have you tried out this month?
  5. (Teaser for my next post) What is your relationship with yourself?