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'What I tell you three times is true' - Might this formula, or a most sophisticated version of it, actually determine what we believe to be true?

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'What I tell you three times is true'. Might this formula, or a most sophisticated version of it, actually determine what we believe to be true? Belief is the acceptance of something as true, or thinking that something could be true. There are two distinct notions of belief: belief in 'something' and belief that 'something...'. Belief in implies that we can believe in the existence, truth, or value of something, or believe in something that we think is or should be. Belief can involve both fact or fiction and can be a fantasy or desire. Belief without question is the realm of the lazy. It is easier to simply declare that a belief is true. But to argue the point and demand it to be accepted as truth without evidence is a mistake. It really shouldn't matter how many times something is said to a person, if he decides not to believe in this evidence then everything will remain a worthless statement, backed up by untruthful 'evidence'. Believing that something exists and being certain that something exists or is true are two very different things. The former exists only within the mind and thoughts of the person, it's a conviction formed by the person, or by someone else, which states a certain matter of fact to which this person agrees and is happy by believing this is true. ...read more.

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Peter asks Jesus how many times he must forgive his neighbor and Jesus says that he must forgive "seventy times seven" (Matthew 18:21-22), does he actually mean we must only forgive 490 times and then we can be rancorous? No, he uses this number to symbolize a huge amount of times, in the same way the "three times" is but a symbol used to depict a certainly large number of times, the producer of this quote only means to stress that if he repeats something to you then it must be true, though it might not be the case, just like in the God example mentioned earlier. Would the person who tells me a fact or statement affect whether I believe in this statement? Yes, it should. As different people have different thoughts they believe in different truths, for example, some believe that the world came into being only a few thousands of years ago as they say the bible states (creational scientists), others may argue that the world came into being several millennia ago (most geologists argue this), yet no one is able to decide what the universal belief is. In order to see if this "truth" is real then the source should be unbiased in order for the information to be untainted. ...read more.

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yet still with some doubts, if he is later told that there are actually 2, 985, 724, 930, 613 stars in the universe then the person is also likely to believe this because s/he has no way of proving this right or wrong. If, on the other hand, someone tells him that the bench he's about to sit on has still got wet paint then the person would have to touch it to believe it, why? Because this time the person is actually able to prove whether this statement is true or false therefore wants to base his belief in personal experience and not in what someone tells him, this proves that the ability to believe in something sometimes depends on actual personal experience. I conclude that there are many different factors to take into account when deciding what to believe and what not to believe. After taking good consideration of these factors then I could actually determine whether or not to believe in this "truth" I'm being told. Respect is essential if our diverse society is to remain peaceful. The "true believers" of this world should note that belief, no matter how long-held, reverent, sincere, or popular, may never be fairly declared true unless it is in complete agreement with nature. For nature, and nature alone, is the arbiter of truth Rafael Alvarado ...read more.

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