Who decides what you believe?

Discussion in 'Belief and Spirituality' started by wil, May 17, 2022.

  1. Ella S.

    Ella S. Logoic Logician

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    I have my doubts on that issue. I think, if you're creative enough and willing to reinvent the wheel from scratch, you can throw off the shackles of your culture. You might have to coin several new words to do it, but I also think that it is within the human capacity. Usually, you can communicate new ideas in old language, though, which I think is quite distinct from being bound to a particular tradition or cultural concepts.

    The larger issue is that knowledge is cumulative. Induction itself requires enumerative inference, with science relying on experiment after experiment to take us closer and closer to truth. We are restricted by our culture in this sense. We are also restricted by our own creativity.

    When a hypothesis is sustained and all of the alternative hypotheses that interested parties can come up with have either been falsified or shown to be less likely, then that hypothesis is considered corroborated enough to be a theory. The issue here is, what if there is a better alternative hypothesis that nobody has thought of yet? What if there are limitations to human cognition so that we can never formulate, let alone comprehend, the most accurate hypothesis?

    I don't think that's a cultural limitation, but a physiological one, and it's one that could possibly be solved. Access to information is a cultural limitation, though, but a lot of that information could potentially be rediscovered.
     
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