Monday, August 23, 2021

Reflection for the Week - August 23

Belief is a dynamic agent in evolutionary predictive processing. For primates like us belief is a given – part of who we are and what we do. Belief is real, but not immediately material. It exists first in a niche of the neurological, biological, perceptual, imaginative, and cultural innovations and sedimentations that stream from, in, and through being a believing primate. In turn, it then plays a significant role in downloading actions into the world. But, belief, as we see clearly from our evolutionary history, will sometimes be useful and productive and other times terrible and damaging. Thus, while belief is not an option, believing in and acting on what is beneficial and industrious is crucial for the present and future of the planet and the human race.