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Old 05-25-2005, 09:52 PM   #6
Lorien Lowe
Dojo: Northcoast Aikido
Location: California
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 289
Re: Article: An Unjust Belief by Paul Schweer

I first encountered this parable in a Carl Sagan book; iirc, there was an actual case in which this happened. The ship that sank was carrying a load of Irish immigrants to the new world; the ship's owner was convicted of murder because, according to the judge, he had no right to believe that the ship was safe based on the evidence.

Because of the Sagan association, I tend to think of it wrt skepticism and wrt the applications of skepticism to aikido. Though generally consider myself a skeptic, I have found that my technique tends to work better if I suspend my disbelief at the door of the dojo. Is that justifiable or unjustifiable? I don't know - I'm still working on it after five years.

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