Earlier today, while I was waiting for an electrician to stop by and install a room fan, I came across a tablet that I had apparently used for “notes” when I was writing my book. Funny thing is … I don’t think I ever used any of them! Probably because the book went in a slightly different direction than I had originally planned.
Anyway, I thought some of the notes were quite good so I decided to share a few of them here. As you will see, my focus at the time was on “belief.”
- What we want to believe is largely based on emotion.
- How do we tell the difference between what we want to believe is true … and what is actually true?
- Beliefs are formed through many avenues, including family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large. Once a belief is formed, we defend, justify, and rationalize it — and look for evidence to support it.
- Why do we not still believe the sun revolves around the earth? Because the evidence reflects otherwise.
- When some people deeply believe something, they accept it as fact.
- Many people resist challenging their beliefs even when they know there is no evidence to support them.
- Is a belief in a god somehow necessary to live a normal life?
- One may express belief in a being or entity that exists outside space and time — yet is unable to form a concept of or describe such a being.
- Why is there a near-universal belief that “god” is a word that reflects something other than an idea?
- Why is belief in supernatural entities not shared by everyone?
And then I came across this …
- According to the bible, Satan loses in the end, so why does he continue to do his evil work? Can’t he read?