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66 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 29 July 2007 05:49PM

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Comment author: Nick_Tarleton 31 July 2007 02:41:31AM 16 points [-]

This post helps me understand some of the most infuriating phrases I ever hear (which the title immediately reminded me of): "it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you believe something", "everyone has to believe in something", "faith is a virtue", &c. It makes sense that if a person's second-order belief is stronger than their first-order belief, they would say things like that.