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swears
23-11-2010, 12:28 AM
It what you have to think about before you can think about anything else, isn't it?

Do you believe in the things you believe in because they make you feel good, because they help you fit in, because they "seem" to make sense... or because you actually think they're true?

http://lesswrong.com/lw/34m/what_ive_learned_from_less_wrong/

http://www.overcomingbias.com/about

This would all be easier for me if I wasn't so shit at maths, still don't 100% get stuff like Bayes' theorem.

Richard Carnage
23-11-2010, 01:50 AM
Do you believe in the things you believe in because they make you feel good, because they help you fit in, because they "seem" to make sense... or because you actually think they're true?

A combination of all of these - the title of that website seems to chime with my mentality, for sure! Regarding Bayes' theorum... I had to look it up, but it seems that it's just conditional probabilities, which may seem complicated at first glance, but once you get your head round the notation, it's very simple. It's not an idea which can be comprehended mentally in an easy way though. That is, unless you happen to be autistic and mathematically gifted!