With Rev. Jimmie Scott
In Carl Sagan’s brilliant, “Baloney Detection Kit for Critical Thinking,” he makes the following statement.
“Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it’s yours.”
Sagan understands that the practice of self-delusion is as much a part of the human condition as our hands and feet are. Understanding this reality helps us think before we speak, and it can be the impetus for becoming more spiritually aware.
The more spiritually aware we become, the less likely we are to shoot from the lip. In this so called “information age,” there is never a time when there is a scarcity of information. But information does not serve us well when we are not open and receptive to questioning our beliefs. So, this week in your travels if there is something in your life that is troubling to you, Sagan suggests; “Spin more than one hypothesis.”
“A man believes only what he is ready to receive…we hear and apprehend only what we half know. If there is something that does not concern me, which is out of my line, which by experience or genius my attention is not drawn to, however novel and remarkable it may be, if it is spoken we hear it not, if it is written, we read it not, or if we read it, it does not detain us. Every man thus tracks himself through life., in all his hearing and reading and observation and traveling. His observations make a chain.”- Henry David Thoreau
Break the Chain!
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