Idea Jam - What is Belief?

Img_33832My favorite subject in 10 minutes! My very brief notes from one of the Idea Jam presenters, Philipp Kraemer from the University of Kentucky.

Running quickly through some historical examples, he points out how thinking about belief has evolved. Bottom line: In contrast to earlier periods, we understand that we're not fully rational beings, nor are we as transparent to ourselves as we'd like to believe.

Breaking down the role of external spaces where knowledge is stored, he compares how belief is formed in both science and religion and that how we come to believe, is largely the same for both.

Key quote: "The mind is vulnerable device."

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