According to the Oxford Dictionary, abelief is the feeling that something exists oris true. It is also seen as somethingaccepted as true or real, especially as partof a religion.Example: The beliefs of the ChristianChurch
The concept of beliefpresumes a subject (thebeliever) and an objectof belief (theproposition).
We tend to internalize the beliefs of the people around us during childhood. People may adopt the beliefs of a charismatic leader, even if those beliefs fly in the face of all previous beliefs and produce actions that are clearly not in their own self-interest. Through the advertising industry. The advertising industry believes that repetition forms beliefs as do associations of strong positive emotions. Physical trauma can radically alter a person’s beliefs.
However, even educatedpeople, well aware of theprocess by which beliefsform, still strongly cling totheir beliefs and act on thosebeliefs even against theirown self-interest.
Throughout history, humankind haspaid reverence to beliefs andmystical thinking. Organized religionhas played the most significant rolein the support and propagation ofbeliefs and faith. This has resulted inacceptance of beliefs in general.
Regardless of how one may reject religion,religious support of supernatural eventsgives credibility to other superstitions ingeneral and the support of faith (beliefwithout evidence), mysticism and miracles.Most scientists, politicians, philosophers andeven atheists support the notion that someforms of belief provide a valuable meansto establish “truth” as long as it containsthe backing of data and facts.
Belief has long become asocially acceptable form ofthinking in science as well asreligion. Indeed, once aproposition turns to belief, itautomatically underminesopposition to itself.
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