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Comment author: chaosmage 11 January 2017 12:06:00PM *  2 points [-]

What I do is consciously decide, right in the beginning, that "I'd rather know if this is true than believe that it is true."

For the short intervals that I expend conscious attention on a belief, I find it not too hard to value "finding out this is actually false" more highly than "continuing to believe I'm right".

It seems important, whenever I change my mind about something, to sustain conscious attention on the subject for a while. This gives my more automatic, system-1-ish thoughts the timne they need to learn to emulate the new thought and keep thinking it when my conscious thinking has moved elsewhere.