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Posted on 2012.01.09 at 09:20


ehowton at 2012-01-10 23:58 (UTC) (Link)
I see no relationship between confidence level of belief and ability to look at other beliefs objectively.

On the contrary, you seem to back up that supposition with your percentage example. When someone sets their knob to either extreme, that polarity seemingly infers a knowledge deficit. And while its tricky traversing the chasm between knowledge and beliefs, it seemed to me michelle1963 wasn't suggesting a confidence in belief, but in themselves.

Even if the example of you personally at no point did you lack confidence in you, only "things." If we doubt ourselves, surely we would also doubt the convictions of our beliefs?

Sorry - its not easy for me to think unlike me :/
dentin at 2012-01-11 19:46 (UTC) (Link)
Actually, I lack confidence in many things about myself. I am not confident in my ability to sing, or my ability to play bass, or my ability to write C++ code. On the other hand, I'm very confident that the sun will rise tomorrow, and that general relativity and QM are extremely accurate. I have a lot more confidence in things that are well tested and understood than I do in my own chaotic internal behavior.

At a core level, my entire belief system is built on two fundamental axioms:

1) I believe that the universe contains identifiable patterns; and

2) I believe that my brain/mind is capable of identifying some of the patterns present in the universe.

That's it. Everything else is built on that layer, and no part of the stack is sacrosanct. Even those two beliefs have an uncertainty value associated with them; but it would take a LOT of evidence for me to discard either one.

Everything about me, including my (rather small set of) core axioms, is uncertain and subject to change. Because everything about me is subject to doubt, adding doubt to any particular belief isn't really much cause for concern.

But for someone built on a large number of binary axioms which can only be 'right' or 'wrong'...
ehowton at 2012-01-11 21:05 (UTC) (Link)
I think we're using the word confident differently - for are you not confident in your uncertainty in your ability to sing, because it certainly sounds like it.

I agree whole-heartedly in #1 and #2. Its that which I am confident in - my ability to ascertain and assimilate new data. Not whether or not I could effectively play the oboe.
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