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71 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 18 February 2007 09:23PM

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Comment author: thomblake 15 July 2015 08:13:02PM 0 points [-]

Indeed, understanding the particular error in reasoning that the person is making is not merely sufficient but necessary for fully understanding a mistaken position. However, if your entire understanding is "because bias somehow" then you don't actually understand.

And you should be careful about accepting the uncharitable explanation preemptively, as it's rather tempting to explain away other people's beliefs and arguments that way.