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InvisibleSwami
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Non-predictive Beliefs
    #4676880 - 09/18/05 07:48 AM (12 years, 6 days ago)

A belief that has zero predictive power is useless and should be discarded.


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: Swami]
    #4676896 - 09/18/05 08:10 AM (12 years, 6 days ago)

a belief is more like a sticky note on the cover of your filofax that you can hardly remove unless you really really want to and will work at persistently; which of course usually means you miss both breakfast and lunch while pulling off the nasty bugger, and people are very hard to convince to miss even the smallest cookie.

so while you might be right, I predict you won't have many followers.


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: Swami]
    #4676920 - 09/18/05 09:06 AM (12 years, 6 days ago)

how does one choose what to believe?

i can tell myself there's no gravity over and and over but it seems to stick.

what do you think about value beliefs ("it's wrong to steal", for example)?


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: crunchytoast]
    #4677592 - 09/18/05 02:38 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

Your idea of wrongness is also, in effect, some sort of predicability:

It is wrong because:

A. The owner will smash my face if I am caught.

B. Society will fine me or jail me if I am caught.

C. God or karma will punish me for my sins.

D. I will feel guilty later.

With absolutely zero possible future repercussions, there would be no sense of wrongness.


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: Swami]
    #4677610 - 09/18/05 02:46 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

mere speculation


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: redgreenvines]
    #4677630 - 09/18/05 02:57 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

Of course it is speculation, but the believer thinks there will be or may be some FUTURE repercussion.

If X then Y.


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: Swami]
    #4677640 - 09/18/05 03:02 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

so you are hanging one belief on another belief and then projecting from there in order to pit one belief context against another belief context and measuring all that with speculation and, above all, attitude?


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: redgreenvines]
    #4678442 - 09/18/05 07:31 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

swami, sounds like you're saying beliefs should only have concrete expressions.

i would go a step farther and say they only do have concrete expressions- once a person realizes their belief has no concrete expression, they pass it by.

RGV interesting point- predictive value is only determinable after the fact.


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: crunchytoast]
    #4678464 - 09/18/05 07:35 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

once a person realizes their belief has no concrete expression, they pass it by.

But they don't. Millions continue to believe in intercessory prayer even though it doesn't work.


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: Swami]
    #4678485 - 09/18/05 07:45 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

Provide examples of predictive beliefs (no, probability theory doesn't count as a belief).


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: Swami]
    #4678511 - 09/18/05 07:55 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

are you saying that the millions know prayer has no effect, but still do it?


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: crunchytoast]
    #4678528 - 09/18/05 08:01 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

I've seen team athletes from both teams kneel and cross themselves as they enter the field before a game. Presumably, they're praying for a win. Since both can't win, how does God chose which team to bless?


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4) We need a smaller, less-intrusive government.


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: Diploid]
    #4678547 - 09/18/05 08:07 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

i agree it doesn't make sense- but would you say that these athletes expect no result from their prayers?


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: crunchytoast]
    #4678550 - 09/18/05 08:09 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

I think they DO expect results; otherwise, why pray?


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1) You can't get married to your spouse who is the same sex as you.
2) You can't have an abortion no matter how much you don't want a child.
3) You can't have a certain plant in your possession or you'll get locked up with a rapist and a murderer.

4) We need a smaller, less-intrusive government.


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: Diploid]
    #4678555 - 09/18/05 08:10 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

Your orthodox grandparents are in the crowd and you want in on the will?


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: TheHateCamel]
    #4678566 - 09/18/05 08:13 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

My grandparents are very unorthodox.  :grin:


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1) You can't get married to your spouse who is the same sex as you.
2) You can't have an abortion no matter how much you don't want a child.
3) You can't have a certain plant in your possession or you'll get locked up with a rapist and a murderer.

4) We need a smaller, less-intrusive government.


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: Diploid]
    #4678581 - 09/18/05 08:15 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

:lol:

His*?


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: Swami]
    #4678758 - 09/18/05 08:52 PM (12 years, 5 days ago)

Quote:

Swami said:
once a person realizes their belief has no concrete expression, they pass it by.
But they don't. Millions continue to believe in intercessory prayer even though it doesn't work.



which is why I said at the beginning
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redgreenvines said:
a belief is more like a sticky note on the cover of your filofax that you can hardly remove unless you really really want to ....



and why I pointed out how missing meals will interfere with the real business which is more consuming.


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Re: Non-predictive Beliefs [Re: Swami]
    #4679752 - 09/19/05 12:27 AM (12 years, 5 days ago)

if this were true, learning would be impossible


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