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56 Post author: Yvain 16 July 2011 09:00PM

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Comment author: Cerberus 17 July 2011 11:46:15AM *  1 point [-]

The classical way to deal with this problem is critical thinking: whenever you seem to arrive at a certain conclusion, do your utmost to defend the opposite conclusion (or some other proposition entirely). If this is at all possible, you must admit that you simply do not know the answer (yet).

Comment author: Spurlock 18 July 2011 05:11:48PM 2 points [-]

Yes, but while this works in principle, there are a number of ways in which this process can fail in humans. Suffice to say, it takes a lot of knowledge and practice to be able to do this in a trustworthy way, and we don't have any real data showing that even veteran "rationalists" actually do this more effectively.

Comment author: Cerberus 19 July 2011 12:20:49AM 0 points [-]

Oh, it is certainly not a real solution—I doubt whether there is any. But it helps to some degree, in many cases.