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January 2nd, 2011, 3:23 pm
January 3rd, 2011, 2:19 pm
Jimmy_sanfrancisco wrote:What's the difference between a pretend belief and a non-pretend belief? A preliminary distinction:
The function of a non-pretend belief is to match the world. Otherwise put: a non-pretend belief has a mind-to-world function. A pretend belief does not have a mind-to-world function.
January 4th, 2011, 7:21 pm
Consider it in two ways:
In the first, we can rescue our beloved friend knowing there might still be time to rescue everyone else.
In the second, we can rescue our beloved friend knowing that, if we do, there is no time left to rescue everyone else.
Tfindlay wrote: I think the second scenario is the more interesting because it forces a choice between the needs of many vs the needs of the few.
Tfindlay wrote: I suppose if the Federation had a law that the needs of the many must always outweigh the needs of the few the decision would be heavily influenced by such a law but, even so, the individuals involved might arrive at computed responses in defiance of the Federation.