The Evolving Monkey

  1. Why do people believe things that are not true?

    • Truth is best determined by if something works.
      • If something works you can reasonably call it true.
      • If it does not work, then you can know it is not true.
    • Should belief in what is True, that which works, lead to better lives?
      • Yes, it should.
      • Leading a life based on Truth is leading a life in accordance with the way the universe actually is, the way it actually works, and that should lead to better outcomes.
    • Examples of beliefs that do not conform to the real world.
      • I’m talking about such ideas as Astrology, magic, faith healing, and prayer (as a means for getting what you want).
      • I personally would also include ideas like vaccine denial, climate denial, gun rights (as a way of improving our society), and racial superiority.
      • Many conspiracy theories, although not necessarily all of them.
      • You probably have your own list.
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  1. How can you know what to believe?

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    • A belief can never be certain.
      • A currently known fact might be discovered that will overturn the belief.
      • There’s no way to know if such an undiscovered fact is out there waiting to be discovered.
      • So, there is no way to know with absolute certainty the Truth of a belief.
      • All you can do is develop a reasonable judgment as to what is true and what is false.
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