Brugle on March 16, 2011, 06:42:43 pm

The key to this which I have discovered (though it is not original with me -- I credit both Bob Wilson and Aleister Crowley for the insight) is to discover and attack one's own beliefs whenever they are encountered, and replace them with doubt.  The technique I have discovered for this (and I have not seen suggested elsewhere) is to replace "Beliefs" with "Current Working Theories" (CWTs), and inasmuch as is possible, to have at least two inconsistent theories cover matters at hand at any given point in time. These CWTs then act as "lightweight beliefs", and can be changed as easily as one changes clothes.  They also assist in perpetuating doubt, since the available CWTs will at any given point provide alternative perspectives at any given point.

I've found it hard to do this adequately.

Yes, we know.

quadibloc on March 16, 2011, 06:56:46 pm
Your chance of survival and reproduction might be increased by optimism even when that is not realistic.
It's true that interactions with other people follow different rules than interactions with the environment.