Accessory to being a bear (0archimedes) wrote in phil240,
Accessory to being a bear
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Self-deception

According to our own criteria, we humans are essentially very stupid. We are cursed with a multitude of debilitating instincts, defense mechanisms, and evolutionary traits that serve to deceive our rational thought and cloud the analytical mind. An example: have you ever made a wish -on say the candles of a birthday cake- and then not told anyone of the wish for fear that it would not come true if you told? You (hopefully) know better, but you find that a tiny part of you believes it anyway. There are countless other non-scientific hiccups that are inherent in our thought processes. This irrational exuberance of the mind manifests itself in numerous everyday beliefs: fate, superstitions, religion.
We automatically look for the fantastical to explain the apparent. Only by looking past these mental deceptions will we be able to achieve the full, albeit limited, potential of our rational thought.
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