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Normally when we talk about belief, we mean religious beliefs. But even the criticizers of religions have some kind of belief system. They base all their decisions on the premise of logic. Thats why I used the word belief system to include all kind of beliefs. It got me thinking about whether the human mind needs some kind of belief system to effectively function.

I was hoping to invite thoughts from people who study minds on this. I view belief(s) as some kind of axis around which mind functions. Without this axis, we might seem like crazy people unable to function properly in society. So I think its not fair to criticize others belief systems even though it may seem total rubbish to you.

What are your thoughts on this?

  • I do hope that spelling mistake wasn't deliberate... – Mozibur Ullah Nov 15 at 18:14
  • Can you elaborate? – TinTop Nov 15 at 18:21
  • The lack of a belief system is itself a belief system. It's impossible to divorce yourself from your presuppositions, therefore maintaining a "neutral" ground by which you make decisions simply can't be done. – Isaiah Trotter Nov 15 at 18:37
  • You may be interested in the field of Philosophical Anthropology where they look basically at what man is capable of and what he is like, what are his needs, and what are his limits. In other worlds, we should know something about this Man who philosophizes and who we philosophize about. Very interesting subject, but I don’t think there is much work in it now, I may be wrong. – Gordon Nov 15 at 23:05
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    Some kind of belief system is necessary. The decisionmaker is continually evaluating risk and opportunity, and some structure must be available to allow that process to happen. – Mark Andrews Nov 15 at 23:31
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Like Isaiah Trotter said:

It's impossible to divorce yourself from your presuppositions, the lack of a belief system is itself a belief system.

But I disagree with him in maintaining a neutral ground, I expect some people can keep neutral ground. Having a Dialectic mentality keeps me Neutral, real philosophers are Neutral.

We should distinguish between Science and Humanities. Of course Science mostly away from Bias, mostly neutral. But Humanities like arts, philosophies, social sciences, etc, sometims depends on opinions and tastes.

With Humanities, real Philosophers, real thinkers can't fall in bias, using Dialectic they can easily correct their Ideas.

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