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When Beliefs Become Delusions

March 25, 2013

This video is a stunning compilation of the sort of delusional world people can live in:

This is one of many reasons I reject such relativistic statements such as, “It’s OK to believe what you believe. I believe what I believe.”

Are all beliefs equal? Are all beliefs harmless? No, because there is something that is called ‘knowledge’ and it trumps ridiculous, ignorant ‘beliefs’ every time.

There is a qualitative and quantitative difference between ‘belief’ and ‘knowledge’. There is such an important distinction between ‘belief’ and ‘knowledge’. We can ‘believe’ a great deal of things that are nothing more than conjecture, we can ‘believe’ those things are ‘true’… and yet still be quite wrong!

Recently I had a conversation with a man that went something like this. Him, “We can create our own reality. What does it matter if that truck is black. If I think it’s white then it is white.” Me, “That’s not creating your own reality. That’s creating your own delusion. If we have ways to test things and make solid conclusions, and everyone else in the world, the entire planet agrees that the truck is black, but you refuse to let reality in, and instead delude yourself into believing it is white, then you have little better social and cognitive categories than a crazy person.”

However, because I can, or you can, have wrong beliefs it does not mean that we cannot pursue better categories for understanding; and gain real, actual, useful knowledge about the world around us and the universe we live in, which does not include shape-shifting NWO aliens!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Scout permalink
    March 27, 2013 12:33 pm

    Isn’t that wonderful, Rexella?

  2. Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
    April 21, 2013 12:55 pm

    Regarding the rest screen of that video and it’s quote from Ted Turner:

    Ted Turner is called “The Mouth of the South” for a reason. In a way, he’s the secular mirror image of Pat Robertson.

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