THE SPECTRUM OF SIGNALS OF BELIEF CLAIMS.
We’ve been discussing this in my corner of the universe, and I tend to work with the following terminological sequence:
Faith = recognition that you’re position is indefensible, but you report that you hold some position.
Belief = a ‘signal’ in the report that you might decide in favor of the position were it of no cost to you, but that you aren’t accountable for the truth or falsehood of it.
Know = that you are not signaling, but with present knowledge, will defend your claim that you will decide in favor of the position, even if it costs you minor reputation for defending it.
Promise = that you are willing to commit status and reputation to defend the assertion that you will choose in favor of the position.
Warranty = that you are willing to commit materially to defend the assertion that you will choose in favor of the position.
Demonstrate = that you have chosen in favor of the position.
We have a lot of evidence that says this hierarchy of costs reflects the ‘put’ that an individual is making on the proposition at hand.
TYING TO EARLIER POST ON THE PROBLEMS OF PHILOSOPHY as reducible to word games that attempt to escape accountability.
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