Friday, August 23, 2019

Brain Belief – Common Questions, 5

Do you have other examples of globalized beliefs that may turn into a bias?

Here are just a few.

You get a low grade on your first science test and someone says jokingly, “Your brain sure doesn’t get science!” You begin to believe that. You flunk your next science test, believe you will likely flunk all science tests, so drop out of school. Over time you develop a bias against science of any type.

You get sick shortly after eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Someone tells you it probably was due to the peanut butter, so globalize that experience and refuse ever to eat peanut butter again.

You pray for a friend to be healed. When the individual does not go into remission as you requested, you believe that prayer never works—in spite of multiple studies showing that in many cases it is linked with healing. Soon you have a clear personal bias against prayer, which gradually turns into a bias against anyone who believes in prayer.

Are “myths” beliefs?  (more to come)

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