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36 Post author: Kaj_Sotala 10 August 2011 09:30AM

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Comment author: paper-machine 11 August 2011 09:20:22PM *  1 point [-]

Yes, the maxim is overly broad. It is the nature of maxims.

EDIT: I understand where I erred now. In quoting EY, I accidentally claimed more than I thought I was. It's clear to me now that the above factors into two values: minimizing personal delusion, and minimizing other people's delusions. I hold the former, and I'm not as picky about the latter. (E.g., I have no problem refraining from going around disabusing people of their theism.)

I'm concerned that having done this was an ad-hoc justification after reading your laundry list of counter-examples, but I can't unread them, so...