Patterns, noise, and beliefs

@inproceedings{Brons2019PatternsNA,
  title={Patterns, noise, and beliefs},
  author={Lajos L. Brons},
  year={2019}
}
In “Real Patterns” Daniel Dennett developed an argument about the reality of beliefs on the basis of an analogy with patterns and noise. Here I develop Dennett’s analogy into an argument for descriptivism, the view that belief reports do no specify belief contents but merely describe what someone believes, and show that this view is also supported by empirical evidence. No description can do justice to the richness and specificity or “noisiness” of what someone believes, and the same belief can… CONTINUE READING