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Comment author: JohnEPaton 30 July 2012 05:34:22AM 0 points [-]

If a belief turns deadbeat, evict it.

This might be challenging because our beliefs tend to shape the world we live in thus masking their error. Does anyone have any practical tips for discovering erroneous beliefs?

Comment author: Nectanebo 30 July 2012 06:31:00AM 1 point [-]

The post you replied to is helpful advice for doing just that.

Above all, don't ask what to believe—ask what to anticipate.

When what you specifically anticipate doesn't line up with what happens, that's discovering a possible erroneuos belief.

Comment author: TheAncientGeek 22 February 2015 06:29:59PM *  0 points [-]

If a belief encapsulates a value, if it's about how you want the world to be, why shouldn't it shape the world, and why should you evict in?

Comment author: ChristianKl 22 February 2015 06:56:29PM 0 points [-]

Does anyone have any practical tips for discovering erroneous beliefs?

Making predictions about the world based on your beliefs and seeing whether those predictions hold true.