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The purpose of this site is to combat ignorance, bias and false belief. We assert that facts supersede beliefs but recognizing that some reject this premise, also seek to enhance mutual understanding and temper disagreement.

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Believe In Reality added 6 new photos.11/08/2017 at 1:09pm
The march of science is amazing. New information clarifies simpler previous understandings, sometimes abandoning dead ends but often building more detailed, deeper knowledge.

This is why it is incorrect to teach our youth false controversy from those whose preference is to disbelieve scientific consensus.

Yes, consensus can be wrong but it is corrected as new data comes in. That is a positive thing—forward movement. The scientific method remains the most reliable tool we have for reaching toward fact.

There is no need to reinvent the wheel when some persist in denying modern conclusions. Flat Earth, geocentrism, Noahic geology, irreducible complexity, and likely soon creator origins of life if not the universe.

One can choose to spend their life chasing ancient rainbows or commit to discovering truth, whatever that turns out to be. Which is the more brave and noble goal?
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Believe In Reality added 2 new photos.11/05/2017 at 11:04pm
We just finished show #13 of Believers and Nonbelievers (plus 5 AfterWords episodes this year), flowing into Year Two of this venture.

That’s 13 episodes of 4-5 people each time, engaged in friendly mostly disagreement. And the worst thing that happened was an occasional +2 spike on the audio decibel meter.

Call me crazy but I believe this type of interaction and commitment to understanding should always be in the mix when coping with belief-based problems.

No illusions here; some things will not get fixed, sadly maybe never. We still need to figure out how to better handle strongly defended false beliefs, wherever they come from.

But we know where our work needs to be focused (see Episode 11, The Conflict Issues), and we see how to begin—without animosity, and especially without violence.

Let’s keep at it. See you in December with a big topic—“Who Defines Morality?”

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSW-YYey3jfORZ4fBwPZnZg
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Believe In Reality shared DK the Human's video.10/28/2017 at 1:16pm
Morality is what we make it and culture is the strongest tool we have to set standards of acceptable behavior.

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Believe In Reality10/26/2017 at 2:24am
People need deity less when things are going well. They crave deity more when times are bad (ie explanation and hope for alternative, if only in afterlife)—American slaves, ungoverned zones, the least affluent of any society.

Religious apologetics and teachings use memes like “fallen world” and “man as inherently weak and evil” to maintain false perceptions of unworthiness, perpetuating a need for redemption, a redeemer and a theology.

But many now recognize these tricks, this facade and refuse to be directed by the imposition of a psychological dystopia.

The twist is that much of this was unintentional by those dong it. They too were victims. Memes persist because they work—quietly, mindlessly, effectively, endlessly. Memes can yield institutions, belief systems and worldviews, whether or not they are factual.
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Believe In Reality10/24/2017 at 11:22am
Studies continue to support the concept of believence—an enhanced tendency to believe in things with lower justification. A big piece of this is enhanced pattern recognition leading to more false positives.

Believence is NOT abnormal but within the spectrum of normal human personality traits.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1002/ejsp.2331/asset/ejsp2331.pdf;jsessionid=4DAAD04832254CFF5479E5922BD0E1BC.f01t01?v=1&t=j95x66ec&s=d9843d704db459388c8a949b571a5205eab81cf0

http://www.believeinreality.com/believence-belief-factors/

FURTHER

We want to understand behavior, ideology, and belief.

Humanity’s knowledge pool is larger than in the past, its horizons stretched further, speculations perhaps more realistic. We have new insights on what was previously believed to be true. For example the era of Jung, Skinner and Rogers offered a broad model of behavior—defining universal patterns in people’s motivations and desires—however studies in the last twenty years have indicated personality subgroups. New studies are being done to isolate these variables.

Because of the personality differences, particularly between stereotypical liberals and conservatives, it may be that the best answers each side advocates—form of government, economic policy, social priority, etc—are incorrect for society as a whole. And though we interact as individuals, the evolution of culture itself is to be considered. What should we do then? To start, examine the ideas, note our own biases and be less quick to dismiss the ideas of others.

Similarly, evolution theory has broadened into subspecialties that have provided information on issues previously thought unreachable by science, such as altruism and morality. This implies that the boundary of science is farther away than thought, and is perhaps even nonexistent.

We seek the truth wherever it may lead, believing that the best answers are derived from the most correct knowledge.

 

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  1. Thanks and New Resource for your “Links” Page

    Hi Phil,

    Thanks for putting together your Links page (http://www.believeinreality.com/links/). I was happy to come across it while searching for philosophy resources.

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    Let me know what you think. Hope you have a great day!

    Thanks again,
    Sheryl

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