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

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Comment author: Paul_Ogryzek 14 November 2008 04:34:28AM 3 points [-]

I've always thought that the idea of "believing in" things was very curious. This is a very thought-provoking article. Every time I engage a debate about this subject (the relevance or usefulness of beliefs) someone is sure to say something about beliefs existing for the benefit of the believer. My feeling is that with most beliefs and with most believers, there is an internal acknowledgement of the falsifiablity of their belief which is outweighed by the perception that some benefit is derived from the belief. What I interpret from this is that most believers subtley admit their own practice of belief in belief. I also feel that even the idea of whether or not one believes in believing in belief can enter the mind of the mundane thinker at such an admission.

Comment author: Clarica 28 September 2011 07:15:21PM 0 points [-]

Do you believe in anything, or is it all feeling and knowing?