On another thread a degree of frustration was expressed when someones "beliefs" were proving difficult to tie down..... Myself, I would find it difficult to express my beliefs as, thinking about it, I have none. I have Trust/Faith. This can be variously understood. Zen calls for "beginners mind", a mind unencumbered by preconceived notions, however arrived at. Wei Wu Wei (aka Terence Gray) ends his "Harlequinade" with:- It is interesting to note that in the recently discovered collection of sayings of Jesus there is one in which he formally adjured His disciples to divest themselves of all their 'garments'. It is understandable that such a statement should have been omitted by those later compilers who had no idea what such a requirement could mean. But to us it should be a commonplace. As far back as Chuang-tse we find the story of the old monk who, in despair of knowing enlightenment before he died, went to see Lao-tse. On arrival Lao-tse came out to meet him, welcomed him, but told him to leave his followers and his baggage outside the gate, for otherwise he would not be admitted. The old man had no followers, and no baggage, but he understood, went in and found his fulfilment. Why should we have no "baggage" to know "Truth"? G. K. Chesterton once claimed that our world was just as it would be if Christianity were true. Yes indeedy, that is the way it works! Confirmation bias. One soaked in Buddhist cosmology would no doubt think the same. Yet what would we SEE if we had no bias at all? Is that even possible? Is it even advisable? Maybe this has much to do with what an Early Church Father once said, "I believe in order to understand." But is " believing" in something first an advisable way to "understand"? Marcel Proust:- The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. These are not academic questions. Beliefs do divide us. Cause wars. Inquisitions. What do others think, using one paragraph above as the actual question of this ramble:- What would we SEE if we had no bias at all? Is that even possible? Is it even advisable?