Belief state

walking encyclopedia
American philosopher Daniel Dennett’s 2001 conception of the processing system of a “walking encyclopedia” type of person, in which the “belief fixation” area or state of the mind, anchored centrally, is connected in a two-way manner to the perception and analysis region, the smaller planning region, and the larger world knowledge sections of the mind. [2]
In terminology, belief state refers to a state of mind or time period window of state of mind, wherein one’s beliefs and or belief system if "fixated", to a certain a certain mode of thinking about the world, amid growing world knowledge, in between which, for some, the mind can be “made over” (Bernard DeVoto, 1928) per acquisition, mental digestion, successful absorption, and assimilation of new world knowledge.

The following are related quotes:

“The belief state of an obscure lump of molecules [see: human] wandering around a remote corner of England is of no importance whatsoever epistemologically speaking.”
Barry Barnes (1998), response to David Mermin whether he “might perhaps be into astrology” [1]

See also
Belief in the existence of god by scientists
Belief system
Belief system (children)

1. (a) Barnes, Barry. (1998). “Oversimplification and the Desire for Truth: Response to Mermin” (abs) (pg. 637), Social Studies of Science, 28:636-40.
(b) Barnes, Barry, Bloor, David and Henry, John. (1996). Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis. University of Chicago Press.
(c) S. Barry Barnes – Wikipedia.
(d) Mermin, N. David. (2001). “Conversing Seriously with Sociologists” (pg. 94), in: The One Culture? A Conversation about Science (editors: Jay Labinger and Harry Collins) (§7:83-98). University of Chicago Press.
2. Dennett, Daniel C. (2001). “Things about Things” (§:Walking Encyclopedia, pgs. 137-), in: The Foundations of Cognitive Science (editor: Joao Branquinho). Oxford University Press.

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