This model captures these ideas:
- Beliefs are tools to reinforce actions
- Beliefs are often created by our actions
- Beliefs are often determined by our dispositions
- Actions are often belief-independent
- Emotions inform all beliefs
- It is usually our desires that form our beliefs and not our beliefs that form our desires.
Below are my other key ideas about beliefs which can’t be seen in this model, but which I illustrated in another model at my “Many-Selves, No-Self” post;
- Inaccurate beliefs can be useful/good
- Old beliefs do not disappear – they persist
- We can hold multiple contradictory beliefs
Beliefs are central to all conversations about religion. Heck, they are important to politics, science, family — everything. So I imagine it may be useful to see if we agree on the nature of beliefs before we discuss them.
Here is my recent quick attempt to illustrate how I visualize beliefs. Now I know that professional psychologists and philosophers have already created models but I am not going to let that stop me from embarrassingly illustrating my crude thoughts — for how else am I going to learn? But if you do have links to the visual attempts of others, please let me know.
- Beliefs as Circuit Components: Dissimilar beliefs can serve similar purposes
- Many-Selves, No-Self : “Self” is not as solid as you intuit
- Web of Beliefs: How our beliefs uphold our lives
The trick in illustrative models is to keep them simple enough metaphors (as all models are metaphors) to capture your main thoughts and avoiding to much of a clutter, yet subtle enough to capture many of the obvious complexities of reality.
I will explain the details later, but was hoping I could get a few comments prior. And meanwhile, I wanted to test how homemade .jpg shows up on the blog. Smile !