How To Believe Things Productively.

I left this comment somewhere, you know the drill:

It comes down to why people believe something – if they believe it out of fear or to get through their day or based on authority, their belief won’t be reasonable (meaning literally they will not be open to reason).  If their belief is based on logic, evidence, science, common sense, empathy, etc then it will be reasonable. 

If I wanted to outlaw some sex act or stop certain people from getting married (or doing anything really) I would have to come up with a good reason and argue and it would be an uphill battle to get people to agree with me and pass legislation.  But if I invoke the will of god or scripture, not only do I not have to make an argument, but any counter argument is automatically considered wrong before the person even opens their mouth to utter it.

This is a major problem because many bad things (like racism, persecution and violence) are justified or motivated by religious ideology.  People say science and darwin promoted racism, as though the “science” a klan member promotes would pass peer review in any science journal, even in the 1800s.  It wouldn’t.  Hitler’s eugenics was literally forced, systematic inbreeding, the only reason it was put into practice is because people were not allowed to disagree, as is the case with much religious dogma.  It was, in other words, not amenable to reason.

So if you want the world not to suck, the single best thing you can do is believe things for reasons that allow you to change your mind when you’re wrong, and don’t use beliefs as an emotional means to an end.  Because that makes people unreasonable, which makes the world suck hard.


Sorry, I had caffeine today for the first time in like a month.

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6 Responses to How To Believe Things Productively.

  1. maniacsicko says:

    there should be a share button for comments, if this is a common thing to, yeah, that’s besides the point of this post, hehh..

  2. agnophilo says:

    @maniacsicko – Is that your sarcastic way of saying I should’ve rec’d my own comment rather than posting a blog?

  3. maniacsicko says:

    @agnophilo – why do you think i was being sarcastic?  i was just thinking out loud, as we already have the email button at the bottom of the post…

  4. agnophilo says:

    @maniacsicko – And the recommend button…

  5. maniacsicko says:

    @agnophilo – yeah, okay, maybe it wasn’t a good idea after all, hahabut i think the recommend button on comment and “share” would be different in that, the people will be directed to different place of discussion..    plus i think it is more troublesome for me to search back for my comment in somebody else’s post compared to searching something posted on my own page..   hence the idea..   perhaps not a good one, but oh well…

  6. agnophilo says:

    @maniacsicko – Not sure what you mean – yet too tired to care : )

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