LEWIS WOLPERT ~ SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST ~ 2006

~ WHHABNTHBTAFIEIOL ~ We Humans Have A Basic Need To Have Beliefs That Account For Important Events In Our Lives

~ COOBCFLACOO ~ Criticism Of Our Beliefs Can Feel Like A Criticism Of Ourselves

~ PPATPU-IG-MF ~ People’s Perceptions About Themselves Are Peculiarly Unreliable – In General – More Flattering

~ TIAW-ETTAFOOBIARDWFTWWUTETBOOP-WBOOB-TBHIBECAS-BC-TBOOIMMOBTBTROTPOT-UPTAD ~ There Is A Well-Established Tendency To Account For Our Own Behaviour In A Rather Different Way From That Which We Use To Explain The Behaviour Of Other People –We Believe Our Own Behaviour – To Be Heavily Influenced By External Causes And Situations – By Contrast – The Behaviour Of Others – Is Much More Often Believed To Be The Result Of The Product Of The – Underlying Personal Traits And Dispositions

~ OPORIC-A-MBLRTTOP ~ Our Perception Of Risk Is Complex – And – May Bear Little Relation To The Objective Probabilities

~ IIVHTASB-WALF-CRTF-OBAF-TTTP ~ It Is Very Hard To Alter Someone’s Beliefs – We All Look For – Confirmation Rather Than Falsification – Once Beliefs Are Formed – They Tend To Persevere

~ AITFCF-IEAS-LT-MD-E-A-S-TIASTTMUACSTPAE-IAICII ~ An Inability To Find Causes For – Important Events And Situations – Leads To – Mental Discomfort – Even – Anxiety – So – There Is A Strong Tendency To Make Up A Causal Story To Provide An Explanation – Ignorance About Important Causes Is Intolerable

~ B-HN-BTSOM-N-SR ~ Belief – Has Not – Been The Subject Of Much – Neuro-Scientific Research

~ B-IAPO-T-B ~ Belief – Is A Property Of – The – Brain

~ TPFO-T-B-T-CBM ~ The Primary Function Of – The – Brain – To – Control Bodily Movements

~ HWAABIFFC;IIAMO-E-C-I-A-E ~ How We Arrive At Beliefs Is Far From Clear; It Is A Mixture Of – Experience – Cognition – Intuition – And – Emotion

~ CC-IACIITPOB-ASICAOB-TSWTO-I-AFPOHN ~ Cognitive Consistency – Is Another Central Idea In The Psychology Of Belief – A Satisfying Internal Consistency About Our Beliefs – The Stories We Tell Ourselves – Is – A Fundamental Part Of Human Nature

~ W-HTCF-S-D-WI-TATHTCBATST ~ We – Have The Capacity For – Self-Deception – Which Includes – The Ability To Hold Two Contradictory Beliefs At The Same Time

~ MROASCSOBTIIT ~ Mere Repetition Of A Statement Can Strengthen One’s Belief That It Is True

~ H-TTT-UFT-SR-HUF-MFD-I-D-T-DL:TAE-B ~ Heuristics – The Technical Term – Used For The – Simple Rules – Humans Use For – Making Fast Decisions – In – Day-To-Day Lives: They Are Essentially – Beliefs

~ NEITON ~ Negative Evidence Is Too Often Neglected

~ EL-JOE-CEG-FB ~ Emotions Like – Jealousy Or Envy – Can Even Generate – False Beliefs

~ WHW-ACSAEOIL-APE-A-ATO-IOTFWOB ~ We Humans Want – A Consistent Story About Events In Our Lives – A Plausible Explanation – And – All Too Often – Invent One To Fit With Other Beliefs

~ TANSDLBNBADB ~ There Are No Sharp Dividing Lines Between Normal Beliefs And Delusional Beliefs

~ D-CBSAAA-AAFO-TMSOTW ~ Delusions – Could Be Seen As An Attempt – Alas A False One – To Make Sense Of The World

~ AFO-D-ITTCLT-B-TPT-F ~ A Feature Of – Delusions – Is That They Can Lead To – Behaviour – That Prevents Their – Falsification

~ S-C-U-M-B-A-WMBLICOWWBTWWLTB ~ Suggestibility – Can – Underlie – Many – Beliefs – And – We May Be Less In Control Of What We Believe Than We Would Like To Believe

~ MIE:ITMOSIC-IIETB ~ Meaning Is Essential: If The Meaning Of Suffering Is Clear – It Is Easier To Bear

~ TARO-D-STOBCUGETHNAO ~ The Apparent Reality Of – Dreams – Shows That Our Brains Can Unconsciously Generate Experiences That Have Not Actually Occurred

~ PMBWT-B-TWT-PB-IMTFG ~ People May Believe Weird Things – Because – They Want To – Perhaps Because – It Makes Them Fell Good

~ WAQCA-E-ETGAGWHS ~ We Are Quite Casual About – Evaluating – Evidence That Goes Against Beliefs We Hold Strongly

~ TBOTWP-EOOWDNSTB ~ The Beliefs Of Those With Power – Exerted On Others Who Do Not Share Those Beliefs

~ A-S-N-ATD-ITPV-F-W?~ Are – Scientists – Now – All That Different – In The Public View – From – Witches?

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