• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

'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?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Reviews of Personal Performances section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Reviews of Personal Performances essays

  1. Willa Cather's Characterization Technique in Neighbor Rosicky

    In such a vivid family humour is never missing. It is most obvious when Dr. Ed is invited for a breakfast after helping at a childbirth on the neighbouring farm. All along the dinner the atmosphere bustles and they are all joking and high spirited.

  2. Equus, Peter Schaffer

    One of the things I enjoyed in performance was the variety. For example there were humorous scenes - such as scene 3, in which Alan sings - but also more serious and dramatic, scenes as well - such as Dysart's soliloquy in Scene 1.

  1. Describe some of the factors which we attend to when meeting someone for the ...

    In this case, environmental influences play an important role on such person who has good communication skills with smile. We will presume that person has a naturally happy mind and grow up in a warm family that can provide a good education on such person.

  2. Evaluate the ways in which emotion might enhance and or undermine reasoning as a ...

    Adolf Hitler, the fascist leader of the German Nazi party was able to manipulate his own citizens for his own personal interest of eliminating the Jews through his book Mein Kampf.

  1. Communication within the health and social services.

    It was nice seeing you again. I'll call in again sometime to see how you are doing". MARY- "Ok pet it was nice seeing you to. Take care of yourself and study hard for exams". ME- "Ok Mary, will do.

  2. You should always forgive someone

    Other people believe that you should not always forgive because once a sentence has been carried out and the murderer comes face to face to what he's done, and then he doesn't show any remorse then that would make the family hate the murderer because he wasn't sorry for what he'd done to that family by killing their daughter.

  1. What are the differences between "I am certain" and "it is certain", and is ...

    For example, your experience will only strengthen along with time on whether a chair can support your weight when you sit on it. Suppose there are many statistics showing that a four-legged chair will be able to support a person's weight (approximately 1000N), and a three-legged chair can also support a person's weight (approximately 700N).

  2. Compare at least three photographs belonging to one of the six types discussed in ...

    Photography is now involved in almost all of our lives there are very few people that could not claim to have had there photo taken or have photos of others themselves. The phenomenon of photography has meant that we all now have many photographs both of ourselves and of others.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work