The Evolving Monkey

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

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    • 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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  2. Why don’t you believe what I believe?

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    • What is belief?
      • I assume there is a Truth.
      • I can’t prove this, but I believe it.
      • Beliefs are based on assumptions.
      • Assumptions are based on many things, much having nothing to do with Truth.
      • Such as your personality, a desire to fit in, a desire to be different and stand out, other assumptions about the world.
    • What beliefs are best?
      • Beliefs that work are the best.
      • But the judgments of what works and does not work are based on assumptions.
      • Assumptions which are based on our very narrow experiences from life.
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