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Comment author: KnaveOfAllTrades 07 June 2014 02:56:29AM *  1 point [-]

It might be useful to identify a third type:

(3) Noticing argumentative confusion. Example of (3): "Hrm, those fringe ideas seem convincing after reading the arguments for them on this LessWrong website. But I still feel a lingering hesitation to adopt the ideas as strongly as lots of these people seem to have, though I'm not sure why." (Confusion as pointer to epistemic learned helplessness)

As in the parent to this comment, (3) is not necessarily qualitatively distinct (e.g. argumentative confusion could be recast as factual confusion: "Hrm, I'm confused by this hesitation I observe in myself to fully endorse these fringe ideas after seeing such seemingly-decisive arguments. Maybe this means something." (Observations of internal reaction are still observations about which one can be factually confused).