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|Mati_Roy||v1.4.0Jan 15th 2020||(+46) /* External links */|
|Mati_Roy||v1.3.0May 27th 2019||(+123/-55) mentioned that the pattern mention is not the only one (even though it's a popular one)|
|Mati_Roy||v1.2.0May 27th 2019||(+68) Articles on LessWrong|
|Mati_Roy||v1.1.0May 26th 2019||(+275) external links: Anthony Magnabosco's YouTube channel, study + criticism|
|Mati_Roy||v1.0.0May 26th 2019||(+2148) street epistemology page creation; description, external links and see also sections|
Street epistemology, in its most general sense, is the application of epistemology outside of formal academic contexts. However, it most often refers to a specific set of techniques used to explore the belief structure of someone having a cherished belief. The goal is to help someone introspect on a belief by navigating such conversations in a way that is non-confrontational and can rapidly bring into focus the core causes of the cherished belief. A community has formed around the use of such techniques.
The conversation will often follow a similar
pattern. Initially, a cherished belief will be identified, and the interviewee will specify their degree of confidence in it. Then, variants of the following two questions will be asked. First, the interviewee will be asked what is (one of) the main reason they believe what they believe. The goal here is to better understand the belief structure, so the question should be meant as inquisitive, and not as confrontational. Once the interviewee identifies a reason for their belief, they can then be asked how it would affect their belief if, hypothetically, that reason was proven, to their satisfaction, to be wrong after all.