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40 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 16 March 2008 06:26AM

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Comment author: thomblake 16 January 2012 10:40:48PM *  0 points [-]

I don't understand the notion of truth you are using.

A belief is true when it corresponds to reality. Or equivalently, "X" is true iff X.

But you haven't defined reality.

In the map/territory distinction, reality is the territory. Less figuratively, reality is the thing that generates experimental results. From The Simple Truth:

I need different names for the thingies that determine my predictions and the thingy that determines my experimental results. I call the former thingies ‘belief’, and the latter thingy ‘reality’.