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Because human belief systems are rarely based on science and fact...

People believe all kinds of nonsense all the time. Flying saucers? Ghosts? Miracle cures? Extra sensory perception? You'd think common sense would preclude people from believing in such improbable stuff, but it ain't so. Junk-quality thinking seems to be as commonplace as evidence-based thought. Probably because we are not fact gathering machines, but rather we act upon intuition, incomplete information, and half-baked hunches. Sometimes we survive well enough even when we engage in sub-optimal thinking, so brain-rot gets continually fed rather than excised. Higher education tends to weed out the less credible stuff. Some people are just born with uncommonly good sense; they can easily spot the stupid stuff. On the other side of things are gullible people. Or people who are poorly informed. Or people without any quality of education. Or people stuck in damaged patterns of thought. But trying to line up people by the quality of their minds starts to feel pretty brutal. I feel better tolerating the beliefs of flying saucer aficionados. Rather than tagging them as delusional.

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