Thought: A Very Short Introduction
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Tim Bayne As a teacher I have sometimes offered to give a million pounds to any student who can form any one of the following beliefs'that they can fly; that they were born on the moon; or that sheep are carnivorous. Needless to say, I have never had to pay up. The Queen in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass might have been able to believe six impossible things before breakfast, but that is a feat few of us can match. In fact, the formation of belief doesn't seem to be under our voluntary control at all. Coming to adopt a belief seems to be more like digesting or metabolizing than looking or speaking'it seems to be something that happens to one rather than something that one does.
Posted on January 18, 2013
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