You can believe anything you want to believe. The only thing that **must** occur to you is death. The decision to believe or not believe anything less than the existence of death – which happens to you regardless of whether you believe it or not – comes down to Vatican Saying 71. …. “What will happen to me if that which this desire seeks is achieved, and what if it is not?”” In other words, “What will happen to me if I believe this, and what will happen if I don’t?

-- “Must I Believe XXX that Epicurus said?“, NewEpicurean.com

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Comment by Loren Miller on September 8, 2015 at 5:51am

It's like what Matt Dillahunty says all the time: that he wants to believe as many true things and as few false things as possible.  That attitude makes sense because it is self-serving, especially as it comes to practical matters.  People may believe in an insubstantial god all they want, but the safe money says they'll still look both ways before crossing the street!

Comment by Hiram on September 7, 2015 at 11:18am

You paraphrased almost exactly something I said in a recent interview /// that the idea is for our VALUES to align with the nature of things.

Comment by Loren Miller on September 7, 2015 at 10:56am

Certainly anyone can believe anything they wish.  However, if someone wishes to be able to act with at least relative efficacy in this reality, having their beliefs align with reality would be a recommended first step.  I say this because, based on my experience and that of many others, reality conforms to consistent principles which humankind have observed and quantified, calling these principles "laws" and "theories."  Knowing how reality behaves through these laws and theories allows an individual to predict future behavior, which is sometimes essential to allow their continued existence and at other times to gain a desired result.

Beliefs which do NOT align with reality do not necessarily enjoy such an advantage, though they may be perceived to do so when held by a number of people who share the same belief or belief system.

Comment by Gerald Payne on September 7, 2015 at 10:52am

The fact is Hiram, death is a fact and belief is an imagining. We're all going to die, some people just can't imagine it.

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