Thursday, 15 December 2011

Beliefs

A belief is something that we consider to be true, right and logical (well sometimes). Beliefs are formed from two sources, either directly or indirectly. The former method via one of the five senses, namely sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch; while indirect transmission comes mainly from, what others tell us through their speech, writing, etc.
 
Primary/direct contact can give the greatest assurance about a belief. For example, Jack ate a red apple for breakfast yesterday. He can almost be absolutely certain that the event had occurred because he had experienced it himself. Secondary/indirect contact with beliefs is more problematic. Suppose Samantha read some news on the Iraq war in The Washington Post. How can she ever be sure that if what had been written in the paper, was the truth? She can try to read several other newspapers, discuss with some friends, but what if all of that are still illusory?

How do we form our beliefs in something? Are they coherent, logical and cogent? That’s what I want to know.

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