An Unfortunate Outcome of Banning Statistical Support for Belief

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James Shearer


The concept of Banning Statistical Support for Belief (BSSB) is often used to respond to the lottery paradox. This paper will claim that th the rational status is response is inadequate due to BSSB having strong consequences on everyday beliefs. The paper will first make a case for avoiding BSSB due to its impact on everyday beliefs. Second, the paper will discuss motivations for adopting BSSB. I will then discuss distinctions between credence and beliefs as attitudes, aiming to prove that since many of our beliefs are statistically based, BSSB is highly impactful. I will finish by addressing objections and clarifying why it is important to care about the consequences BSSB poses.

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