Here’s a way to arrive at what you believe: first, decide that you believe something. Then, throw your very best arguments against it until you believe something else. Repeat as many times as possible.
Most people do this in some capacity, probably subconsciously and very quickly, but I recommend doing it consciously, slowly, and deliberately. You may be surprised by what you find.
Now, no blog post by a (former) physicist is complete without a Feynman quote, so let his words enlighten us here:
- “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.”
- “We are trying to prove ourselves wrong as quickly as possible, because only in that way can we find progress.”
- “I’m talking about a specific, extra type of integrity that is not lying, but bending over backwards to show how you’re maybe wrong.”