Bucket Errors

TagLast edit: 17 Aug 2021 1:25 UTC by ozziegooen

A Bucket Error is when multiple different concepts or variables are incorrectly lumped together in one’s mind as a single concept/​variable, potentially leading to distortions of one’s thinking. Bucket Errors are related to Fallacies of Compression.

The term, Bucket Error, was introduced in “Flinching away from truth” is often about *protecting* the epistemology where an example is given of a child who refuses to believe that they made a spelling mistake. The child is unwilling to believe this fact because they believe having made a spelling mistake is incompatible with becoming a writer which is their dream. “Becoming a writer” and “never making spelling mistakes” are lumped in the same bucket despite in fact being separate variables.

Bucket Errors are similar to the concepts of equivocation, identification in Buddhism, or fusion/​defusion in modern psychotherapy. See: Fusion and Equivocation in Korzybski’s General Semantics.

Related Pages: Compartmentalization, Distinctions

“Flinch­ing away from truth” is of­ten about *pro­tect­ing* the epistemology

AnnaSalamon20 Dec 2016 18:39 UTC
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In­ten­tional Bucket Errors

Scott Garrabrant22 Aug 2019 20:02 UTC
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romeostevensit10 Jul 2020 20:48 UTC
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Fal­la­cies of Compression

Eliezer Yudkowsky17 Feb 2008 18:51 UTC
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Fu­sion and Equiv­o­ca­tion in Korzyb­ski’s Gen­eral Semantics

abramdemski21 Dec 2020 5:44 UTC
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Buck­ets and memetic im­mune disorders

Tyrrell_McAllister3 Jan 2017 23:51 UTC
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Defend­ing points you don’t care about

Hazard19 Jun 2019 20:40 UTC
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Duncan_Sabien3 Jan 2020 15:43 UTC
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Emo­tions are not beliefs

Chris_Leong7 Aug 2019 6:27 UTC
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Buck­ets & Bayes

Duncan_Sabien20 Dec 2021 5:54 UTC
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