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On 09/23/01 18:21, Richard Brodie said this-
>by your calling a belief a behavior. Isn't a belief something you believe
>and a behavior something you do?
If, in response to a real world situation, like a ladder falling on an
infant causing it's death, you say, 'it's god's will'- that is a learned
response behavior, explaining the event. The need to have such a response
at the ready, rather than a response to discover the real cause and
possibly prevent such an occurance in the future, is holding a belief.
I'm more saying that the holding of such a belief is a behavior, because
it prevents further study of the facts of the event.
Beliefs need to be held, because they are false (in that skeptic's
definition of false- without evidence, again, using the definition of
belief as a contention without facts). Holding something that is false is
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