I am sure everybody has an opinion on this one...Not to be taken too seriously. I am just curious. Since none of us believes in the supernatural or lives by faith...I am still sure that to believe in some things is important to living a rational life. If one would ask me I would say something like:
- I believe in myself - I believe in friendship - I believe in love at first sight
and so on. What are things you believe in and how do you think about "believing" rationally? Do you think it is necessary or rather superfluous...
Beliefs are affirmed by the premises they set upon. If the premises in question are not sound then the belief is equally not sound. But if the premises are sound for that given belief, then the belief is equally sound. Belief in this regard depends on some level of reason for it to be even defensible. Many folks take certain beliefs without even knowing the premises of them, and even more so, they'll try to invent premises to support a belief that may indeed be faulty from the get go.
So as it is commonly said, "Check your premises." :)
Yes - this has always been one of my peeves, that among those who say there is a difference between knowing and believing, they still resort to using "I believe...." ..... you either know something, or you don't... you can statistically assume or presume, which prefaces with qualifications - but you cannot claim something as true in the absence of knowing...
And Bridget - while your Chinese cooking may be the best, my Pacific Rim is better.... ;-)
Belief is a funny thing because it is very individualistic.It can be based on some very good data or facts (this would be known as knowledge), a gut emotion (perhaps faith), or there may be no known reason why something is believed.
I believe my daughter being born is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
"Belief" is used in different contexts. The statement, "I believe in myself" means that you have high self esteem and confidence in contrast to, "I believe in miracles and the supernatural" which means that you have a view of of the world that is unshakable.
(A statement such as, "I believe I'll have another beer" falls into neither of those categories.)
I dislike the word "belief" but I'd have to say my goals are along the lines of (in no particular order):
full evidence (observation from reality) acute individuality (freedom of mind) free, open, and transparent inquiry (freedom of ideas) multiple perspectives (freedom from entrenching one's self) self-stability (freedom from others) knowledge and understanding (freedom from backwoods stupidity) wisdom, maturity, insight, exsight, hindsight, and foresight ('intelligence fixes mistakes, geniuses prevent them')
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