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2020, OPMT-600 LESSON 2 1 Lesson 2 HOW MUCH DO YOUR BELIEFS CONTROL YOUR DECISION MAKING? For evil to flourish only requires good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke From The Ghost Map : P. 183/184 We see no reason to adopt this belief . Of course the Board of Health Committee saw no reason. Their field of vision had been framed by the boundaries of miasma months before, when Benjamin Hall first outlined the committee’s objectives. This blanket dismissal of Snow’s theory seems like a colossal folly to us now, but these were not unreasonable men. They were not hacks, working surreptitiously for Victorian special-interest groups. They were not blinded by politics or personal ambition. They were blinded, instead, by an “Idea/Belief .” Note, these were good people trying to do good things; yet as you read the articles on Beliefs, reflect on how deep inside them they had very strong BELIEFS that biased how they saw/ FRAMED, see/FRAME the world. One Belief of the miasmists was that the poor were morally inferior. Is this still a widely held Belief? 1. Study the mind map: I Will Find What I Seek, but What I Find Is Not the Truth on page 244 of Chapter 6 in the posted Decision Making book. Review the information below, then read the articles “Don’t believe in belief” and “Beyond Belief” . Before reading the articles, we present a very brief review of some of the Giants we have studied or will study. Socrates and Plato, over 2400 years ago, posited that the human mind was like a chariot consisting of three parts: I. The Natural World Horse that sought all the natural pleasures of existing in the Natural World. II. The Spiritual World Horse that sought the feeling of essence that a meaningful and moral life would bring. III. The Chariot Driver that through reasoning sought a harmony between the two horses. A Consilience of our Existence/Good LiFe and Our Essence/Meaningful LiFe . Rene Descartes over 400 years ago advised that we must question all of our Beliefs . He even questioned the existence of God; from his reflections came three words: Cogito ergo sum , that guided the thinking of the Giants during the Age of Enlightenment – I think, therefore I am. Reason was King; if we improve our ability to reason, we would improve the Integrity of our Beliefs. David Hume, over 240 years ago, challenged the paradigm that Reason was King when he warned that: Reason is as reason ought to be a slave to our passions . He was years ahead in recognizing that our emotions would bias our reasoning.
2020, OPMT-600 LESSON 2 2 Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud were called the Masters of Suspicion as they were suspicious of the “purity” of reasoning that Descartes had posited. One can speculate. They had recognized that there was an unconscious part of the brain that had an impact on our thinking that Descartes had not recognized.

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