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

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Comment author: Digital 09 March 2008 06:50:29PM 3 points [-]

Anna: Whether you call it science fiction, heuristics, overcoming bias, history, a belief is a belief. You can't prove belief as it's self-subjective. --That only makes for more of a reason it should only be self affecting, too many people try to influance the actions of others bases on their dragons

You can't tell someone what they feel is wrong. --Yes I can. "There's a dragon in my bathroom"... (careful examination of the bathroom)... "No, there isn't, you're wrong."

Each individual has there equation when it comes to understanding the "dragon" within themself. --And it needs to be overcome with logic and reason.

If dragons can't be verified as they have never been verified based on history, why do people still feel the need to believe in dragons and continue to discuss the subject and be fascinated by it? --simply because they were raised with it, taught to dis-belive any evidence provided, and been shown that those who disagree with it are 'out to get them'