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MarkusRamikin comments on Making Beliefs Pay Rent (in Anticipated Experiences) - Less Wrong

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Comment author: MarkusRamikin 14 April 2012 07:27:03AM 1 point [-]

I anticipate expressing free-floating beliefs would get me negative karma on Less Wrong.

More seriously:

I do not anticipate free-floating beliefs being useful in the same sense that maps of reality are useful. A map can turn out to be accurate or inaccurate, and insofar as it is accurate it can help me navigate and manipulate reality. My belief that "a proper belief should not be free-floating" prohibits free-floating beliefs from doing any of that.

Or one might as well see it as not a belief, but as a definition. There's BeliefType1 which is grounded in reality, and BeliefType2 which is not, and we happen to call BeliefType1 a "proper belief". (Of course we still do it for a reason, because we care about our sheep, or rather, we care about our beliefs being true and thus useful.)

Not sure which approach makes more sense.

Comment author: Klevador 14 April 2012 09:08:01AM *  0 points [-]

The ability to anticipate experiences is one of our maximands because we have goals that are optimally achieved with this ability. To believe that beliefs should allow us to anticipate experiences is grounded in the desire to achieve our goals.