Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Belief Network

Model helps explore how changing certainty in belief of one statement can lead to changings belief in truth of others
Oct 2016,

"Changing the degree of certainty a person holds for a given belief can lead to changes in beliefs about other things that a person believes to be true.

Some beliefs provide a kind of resistance that inhibits or defends against other beliefs from 'getting in.'

"Believing that we humans, for example, are too insignificant compared to the rest of the world to be able to cause something as impressive as global warming would make it very difficult to accept the idea regardless of the evidence."

I doubt it works for Cotards however (where you think you're dead).

[and furthermore...]

Environmental messages that promote a return to a positive past found to be more effective in convincing conservatives
Dec 2016,


Truth, Belief and Society
Network Address, 2012

"Truth butters no parsnips and legitimates no social arrangements. There are at least 2 reasons for this. One is the failure of genuine knowledge to be subservient. The second is that publicly accessible truth fails to separate members of a community from non-members." (p272)

Plough, Sword and Book
Ernest Gellner
U. of Chicago Press

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