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09-08-2014, 01:30 AM
Belief and Psychology 2
In basic philosophy there is a distinction between Form and Substance; this has a number of ways it can manifest, such as the light that reflects off matter gives it Form but to actually touch that matter you are engaging Substance, but the most important definition is that Form is the realm of concept that exists in our minds while Substance is the reality realm we exist in. An example is that psychology deals in Form while neuroscience deals in Substance.

As such, things like concepts and connotation is illusory; it is a product of anthropomorphic perspective, that from our experience certain things hurt while others help, and that is how we decide our actions and evaluate situations, but in the broader reality the universe does not judge phenomena, it is absent of conceptual reason and absent of perspective, it is just dynamic and benign reactions of cause and effect. (It may be a leap to say the universe doesn't have perspective or connotation, but it certainly isn't a human perspective or connotation, because we are hurt and at a disadvantage all the time, if the universe is aware of this and has humans as its primary focus then both its power and will would serve that agenda, but if the universe has any purpose at all it is clearly not anything to do with humans specifically, that would be incredibly egocentric of us). Ultimately the universe seems more about function than purpose, and there is a notable difference between those two words; everything that I know of has some kind of function, but nothing has purpose unless humans assign the definition to it.

Now, beliefs can have advantages as well as disadvantages; the disadvantage is that rather than teaching people HOW to think it often only serves to teach people WHAT to think, and this is because the power structures of society find advantage in citizens that are incapable of critical thinking.

An advantage of beliefs is introspective; the human condition is subject to impulses such as fear and desire, which are related to circumstances and ambition respectively, not only do people observe situations but we can imagine scenarios in our minds that may inspire that connotative evaluation, we can become afraid of hypotheticals or be tempted to indulge certain behaviours with an ideological advantage in mind, and heightened impulsive states very often inspire irrational behaviour. Beliefs can serve to help us discipline our impulses so our behaviours are considerate and beneficial, rather than self indulgent or hostile.

The most effective way to preserve our freedom and comfort is by not creating an environment that resents us for it or sees us as a threat, unfortunately the most manipulative people know this and seek to make others appear as greater threats than they themselves pose. People who are not capable of critical thinking and logical deduction, and ultimately a solid understanding of behavioural psychology, will be subject to manipulation by those who count on that weakness.

So if your beliefs do not help you develop critical thinking, logical deduction and most importantly discipline over impulses, because without it the first two become very difficult to attain, then your beliefs are redundant; it helps to ask WHY we believe rather than WHAT we should believe for the sake of a better grasp on behavioural psychology.
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09-08-2014, 03:07 AM
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I could not agree more.

Do you have a bumper sticker version of that?

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09-08-2014, 07:34 AM
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(09-08-2014 03:07 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Do you have a bumper sticker version of that?

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09-08-2014, 08:00 AM
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(09-08-2014 07:34 AM)Vosur Wrote:  
(09-08-2014 03:07 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Do you have a bumper sticker version of that?

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CLASSIC!

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