| Belief: What one thinks
is true, what one holds is more probable than not. Fundamental propositional attitude.
In discussing human beings, one cannot
do without a term like "belief", if only because one knows
people have all manner of ideas that may
or may not be true, and that other people
may agree or disagree about these assessments. It should be noted that
the inclusion of probability makes
the analysis of beliefs both more subtle and realistic and more complex.
And apparently it takes considerable
intellectual sophistication, especially in matters of ideology or religion,
to know that what one believes, however
fondly or passionately, is usually at best more probable than not, and not provably strictly or completely true.