I think I have 5 beliefs that fundamentally shape the way I see the world and the way I interact with it. But before I continue, I must write that this self analysis is not based on the concept of core beliefs within psychology, which seems to be more based on beliefs about oneself. Instead the name is just something I came up with to describe 5 beliefs that I hold important in my life.
Here I’ll introduce the two negative beliefs I hold, and in the next post I’ll introduce the 3 positive ones.
1) My believe that there is no god. I don’t really have much evidence for the believe but I find the idea of an god very weird. First of all, there are so many religions, and since many of them exclude each other from being true, either the majority are false, or god is lying at least a bit to all of them ,or there is no god. For a lot of faiths you have to assume a lot more than just that god exists for them to be compatible with modern science, for example for Christianity to be completely “true” you have to assume that god created the earth and the universe in such a precise state that it would look like it is a lot older than it actually is. So if both the bible and our current understanding of science are true, is god than a deceiver? If so why would he do such a thing. The same question can at least be asked for one of the other possibilities (god lying to each religion at least a bit), and again a bunch of other assumptions need to be made. The believe that god does not exist is simple, and seems at least to me to have a lot less unfounded assumptions that are needed for it to be true. Although I’m not certain about it I would say this is one of my core beliefs.
2) That certainty does not exist. This is based on both the philosophical fact that inference could be a logical fallacy, and that according to quantum mechanics (peculiar that an theory that is partly established with inference has as one of its results that complete 100% truth cannot exist, perhaps the two are connected but I wouldn’t know) just about everything has at least an tiny (almost un understandably small sometimes) chance of occurring. So when I’m assessing whether or not something is true (even things that are purely logical, or most detached from the world as possible) the electrons in my brain could be having their tiny chance that they move in very different ways than intended, and moreover they could be having that tiny chance too in everyone else’s brain. In everyone who tries to do science or logic or any other form of “creating” truth, and that tiny chance could have been happening throughout all of history (or the records might have been changed by tiny chance or human action). So the only way we could know anything for 100% (without rounding) sure, is if we for 0% (without rounding) believe that our brains function according to the laws of physics as we now know them, or we belief for 100% that our minds are a thing that exists outside our universe/the laws of physics. I for one believe at least somewhat in the quantum mechanics on which this argument is made, and think we at least could be our physical brain, so I think I cannot know anything for certain.
I think the belief that there is no god changes the way I see morality, science and just about everything in the world. Also it would probably change my actions at least somewhat if I believed there was an god.
I think my 2nd belief makes me more a bit more careful in at least my language. At least sometimes I don’t want my speech or writing to sound like I know for 100% sure that what I’m saying is true. Instead I would like to convey different degrees of certainty.