Preface Mind body Problem

Is one right and the other wrong? Is there another alternative?
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BENJA
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Preface Mind body Problem

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Bill,

on your mind-body preface you talk about the below what do you mean by these ?

Come to agreement on basic things? What do you mean by this
Accurate as possible in beliefs? How will you know if your beliefs are accurate

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Re: Preface Mind body Problem

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Benja,

[Come to agreement on basic things? What do you mean by this ]

Come to agreement regarding definitions of important words being used, and regarding some most general beliefs in a particular area of thought.

[Accurate as possible in beliefs? How will you know if your beliefs are accurate]

Accuracy of belief means the tendency for predictions based on that belief to turn out to be what one experiences (or would turn out to be what one would find if one acted upon the belief in some way).

This is just a matter of probability, though. It could turn out that some other action taken on that belief would result in something different than expected (predicted). One can't rule out the possibility that some later finding will be inconsistent with what is predicted, indicating that the belief is not accurate after all.

And accuracy can be a matter of degree, e.g., the length of something may be slightly different from that predicted, this being an example of margin of error, e.g., "It's length is 55 cm. +/- 0.5 cm."

Thanks for your questions. If more clarification is needed, please ask.

Bill

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