Fake Beliefs

Aug 24, 2017

by Eliezer_Yudkowsky

An account of irrationality would be incomplete if it provided no theory about how rationality works—or if its “theory” only consisted of vague truisms, with no precise explanatory mechanism. This sequence asks why it’s useful to base one’s behavior on “rational” expectations, and what it feels like to do so.

Making Beliefs Pay Rent (in Anticipated Experiences)

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A Fable of Science and Politics

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Belief in Belief

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Pretending to be Wise

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Religion's Claim to be Non-Disprovable

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Professing and Cheering

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Belief as Attire

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Applause Lights

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