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Here are academic theories about how and what we believe.
In a perfectly rational world, people who encounter evidence that challenges their beliefs would first evaluate this evidence, and then adjust their beliefs accordingly. However, in reality this is seldom the case.
That was the first time I read about First Principles and it made me cry. Cry at my incompetence. But with an inkling of joy — I’d found another missing piece of the puzzle. That was over a year ago. I was a kid with a messed up thinking process — I hadn’t thought about thinking.