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### 1st Epistemic Law of Motion

Every person persists in their state of doing nothing or
executing always the same strategy **S**, unless
they are compelled to change that state by external epistemic
pressure **P**.

Assuming constant non-zero psychological resistance, the first law can be written as:

∑

P= 0 <=> dS/ dt = 0

### 2nd Epistemic Law of Motion

Every change of epistemic pressure Δ**P** is
equal to the change in a person's strategies Δ**S**
times their psychological resistance **R**.

Δ

S= ΔP/R

### 3rd Epistemic Law of Motion

For every epistemic pressure, there is an equal and opposite psychological defense mechanism.

Everything clear? Great! Now let's do some calculations and practice on a real-world problem.

### Example problem

A 70-year-old Catholic becomes a Jehovah's Witness, actively working in the movement. Estimate how likely they are to change their mind about this decision.

Solution:

We know the change of strategy from the problem statement:

dS= medium

Also from the age of 70 years, we can estimate psychological resistance:

R= high

Then from the 2nd Law we calculate epistemic pressure:

P=R* ΔS= high * medium = high

Finally, we use the 3rd law again to get the answer: high epistemic pressure results in strong psychological defenses. Therefore it is unlikely that this person will change their mind again.

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