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Do you agree with Clifford that it is "wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient  evidence"? Clifford argues that we weaken our powers of self-control, of doubting, of carefully weighing evidence, and we promote  credulity if we do believe based on insufficient evidence. Do you agree that such consequences follow from breaking  Clifford's rule? James argues that there are some decisions in which believing in spite of lack of evidence is warranted--we can let our  emotions decide in cases in which reason based on evidence cannot help (like the fear of being wrong or the fear of missing  out on the truth, or the hope of being right). There are pragmatic benefits to some beliefs, but they are only attained through  believing, for example. Can you think of --provide links to, even-- examples of cases of believing without evidence that might support either James' 
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course ENGLI AP Governm taught by Professor Tomatkins during the Fall '10 term at Palm Beach Community College.

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