Re: Dawkins was right all along

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    Hi Bill Spight -

    > Wrong definition.
    >> conviction of the truth of some
    >> statement or the reality of some being or
    >> phenomenon especially when based on
    >> examination of evidence

    Interesting take on 'belief' - and the first I've ever seen using
    'evidence' within it. Sounds like an apologist wrote that dictionary.

    I've got, from the American Heritage -

    >belief n.
    >1. The mental act, condition, or habit of placing trust or confidence in
    >2. Mental acceptance of and conviction in the truth, actuality, or
    >validity of something.
    >3. Something believed or accepted as true, especially a particular tenet
    >or a body of tenets accepted by a group of persons.

    Beliefs rarely if ever rely upon evidence. Examinations of evidence is a
    process of science.

    - Wade

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