Unreal makes a great point here. When we go binary on beliefs, it divides us. If we expressed our beliefs in percentages, then perhaps there would be far more overlap and consensus.
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How I view things is through strength of belief or strength of disbelief. This means I can read new information, which can shift the strength of my belief. In this continuum of strength of belief there can never be 100% belief or disbelief. I also never face the ego issue men have of admitting they are wrong. I am telling people what I believe, and it is based on my logic, the information I have seen, etc., I am not saying I have a monopoly on the truth.With some story like the Soviet Union landing a robotic rover on Venus in the 1970’s, I ‘believed’ it in the sense that I had never really thought about it, it was just some factoid in some textbook. Lets call it 51% belief. Would I put $20,000 bet that i was right? No, if there was any consequence whatsoever to me, I would have to look into greater detail, and use some of my own logic to test this factoid. Even if I did that diligence, and I was 90% sure that they did do it, I would bet the $20,000, but still be prepared to lose my bet.