Ch1 L34: Beliefs – part VIII (sacrifices II)

To resume the discussion about human sacrifice, we saw that it’s a rational decision by nature [1]. Thinking tells us to sacrifice short-term gains for long-term benefits [2]. So, our primitive ancestors killed one because they believed [3] that it would save many. We embarked on the journey to know how we’ve evolved to fight Death [4]. Then Homosapiens created […]

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Ch1 L33: Beliefs – part VII (sacrifices I)

In order to fight Death [1], we evolved to detect dangers, then to emotionally react to them [2]. However, emotional evaluations have their intrinsic shortcomings, so thinking developed to counsel the emotional brain, providing it with more providential solutions [3]. A self-reflective mind should raise the question “how reliable is thinking?” Finding an answer to this question is vitally important […]

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Ch1 L31: Head Vs. Heart

In the last post, we studied the case that the tattoo of a tiger could make the primitive people believe that they possessed the tiger’s hunting skill [1], because they prematurely generalized [2] that if two things have the same form, they’ll have similar characteristics. In order to falsify this belief [3], you must be able to dissect things and […]

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