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preconceptions

I'm beginning to think that the only way to keep sane is to pick some things to believe, and believe them. Declare them solid ground, immutable, and work from there.

No wonder so many people do it.

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tirianmal
Jul. 1st, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
It's not that people do it that is scary. It is the things they sometimes choose to declare immutable that is scary.

dcltdw
Jul. 1st, 2008 03:38 pm (UTC)
I might say "immutable... for the next year". I mean, obviously, I am exactly the same person I was ten years ago, so thus it makes sense for me to believe in the things I thought ten years ago.

Oh wait. :)
dpolicar
Jul. 1st, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
How sure are you that the resulting state deserves the label "sane"?
baronet
Jul. 1st, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Pre-judgement
There is pre-judgement and there is prejudice. The thing which makes something prejudice is not making the judgement before all the facts come in. We rarely if ever get all the facts. We usually have to make decisions shortly after the first facts come in. What makes something a prejudice instead of a pre-judgement is how willing you are to change your mind as more facts come in.

Or in other words, it isn't prejudice to think that the young black man in gangster clothes is more likely to be a mugger than the little old white woman with a walker. What is prejudice is if you persist in that belief after the little old lady pulls out an uzi and the young man raises his hands straight into the air.
awfief
Jul. 1st, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
You already do this. You believe that radio waves travel through the air to devices that make sound or connect you to "the internet". You believe that magic waves heat and cook food.

But more seriously? Questioning isn't bad. If you find yourself stuck for answers, stop asking for a while.

Oh, and if you buy me a MacBook Air, your life will be much improved. (not really, but I had to try, right?)
willtruncheon
Jul. 1st, 2008 10:47 pm (UTC)
Believe that which is demonstrable, and be willing to submit those beliefs to examination, and even to discard them, if newly introduced evidence seems to contradict them. Thought has to be an ongoing process. A sane person cannot adopt a belief that they hold in the face of contradictory evidence and hope to be thought sane. "Shake off all fears of servile prejudices, under which weak minds are servilely crouched. Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call on her tribunal for every fact, every opinion." -Thomas Jefferson
intuition_ist
Jul. 2nd, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
<-- what he said. :)
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