Litany of Tarski

Applied to The Bottom Line by Alex Vermillion at 8mo
Applied to Tarski Statements as Rationalist Exercise by [anonymous] at 2y

The Litany of Tarski is a template to remind oneself that beliefs should stem from reality, from what actually is, as opposed to what we want, or what would be convenient. For any statement X, the litany takes the form "If"If X, I desire to believe that X"X".

The name refers to Alfred Tarski, who sought to define what, exactly, "truth""truth" means.

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Quoting The Meditation on Curiosity:

If the sky is blue

box contains a diamond,
I desire to believe that the sky is blue

box contains a diamond;
If the sky isbox does not blue

contain a diamond,
I desire to believe that the sky isbox does not blue.

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The Meditation on Curiosity

  • Why truth? And... — You have an instrumental motivename refers to care about the Alfred Tarski, who sought to define what, exactly, "truth of your beliefs about anything you care about.
  • Belief in Self-Deception — Deceiving yourself is harder than it seems. What looks like a successively adopted false belief may actually be just a belief in false belief" means.
  • See also: The Bottom Line

  • A Rational Argument
  • Tarski Statements as Rationalist Exercise by Vladimir Nesov
  • A Fable of ScienceMap and PoliticsTerritory -- characters discover the color of the sky, with political implications.
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    Applied to Get Curious by Multicore at 3y
    Created by jimrandomh at 3y
    Posts by Eliezer Yudkowsky:

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