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Folk physics and folk psychology as approximate theories


For example, the concept of ``X believes P'' is approximate both in the criterion for belief and in what is the object of a belief. These notions will also be approximate for robots.

Much of the criticism of folk psychology may come from demanding that it be more precise than is reasonable. Aristotle's aphorism applies here.

John McCarthy
Wed Feb 2 15:59:04 PST 2000