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Miriam Schoenfield (MIT): Meditations on Beliefs Formed Arbitrarily

Date and time

Thu, 10/08/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30


Coombs Seminar Room A

This paper addresses the concern of beliefs formed arbitrarily: for example, religious, political and moral beliefs that we realize we possess because of the social environments we grew up in. The paper uses accuracy-based considerations to motivate a set of criteria for determining when the fact that our beliefs were arbitrarily formed should motivate a revision.

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