How Beliefs Work

How Beliefs Work
Peter Bockenthien
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Thousands of years of philosophy and theology are deconstructed into 21 words. This thesis explains how beliefs work and the consequences for humanity.
How Beliefs Work
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The new inquisition of beliefs.

After years of observation, Gallileo proved that the Earth revolves around the Sun. The matter was investigated by the Roman Inquisition in 1615, which concluded that heliocentrism was foolish, absurd, and heretical since it contradicted Holy Scripture.

After many years of research, in 1996, Dr. Bruce Lipton proved that beliefs predate every human's birth by hundreds, if not thousands of years.

In 2017, after 7 years of research and writing, and before reading a single word from anyone else's perspective, I proved that beliefs create all ways of thinking (modalities) about life. Thus, I proved that religion is modality. Just as Gallileo's work confirmed Copernicus' heliocentrism, my 21 word rational statement confirms Dr. Lipton's work and expands on it.

Unlike Gallileo, I do not face a trial in front of the leading theologians and their belief in Holy Scriptures. Nor do I get to stand in front of the disciples of Socrates and Plato to defend my 21 words against the best philosophers of the day. Nor do any physicists want to consider the ramifications of my rational statement that demonstrates how beliefs work. It's a sign of the widespread digital censorship when AI ensure that unprofitable topics and phrases are marked as spam and deleted shortly after it arrives at the email server.

In the few instances where I was able to get past digital gatekeepers, I can only guess why the natural representatives of these three primary modalities are not willing consider my statement and attack it. Truthfully though, both them and I know why: fear. Fear that my statement will undo everything that they've been taught to believe will come undone and all of the work, accolades, careers, and economic rewards of their professions will crumble.

Fear is the easiest thing to believe and it causes the most amount of discomfort that all of us at one point or another have chosen various ways to ameliorate, pacify, palliate fear-associated feelings. Ironically, Lipton's work shows that beliefs are stored in our DNA and transferred genetically—shouldn't you want to know that you can choose to not fall into the trap of expressing only fear-based beliefs? After all, Dr. Lipton has been speaking for over 20+ years on this very things, and my rational statement can be used to identify exactly what those fear-based beliefs are. Once identified, then it just a practical matter of being aware of your emotional states to prevent falling into the all-too-easy habit of expressing your fears just as all of the sets of your grandparents have done.

I don't face an Inquisition panel although I would love to because I know that my axiom will withstand anything that any modality can bring against. That's not braggadocio, that's just a simple fact because the axiom applies equally to all modality-induced beliefs. Evangelical Christianity is based on fear that each human is not created like God, but don't take my word for it; all versions of Genesis 3:1-5 clearly state this. Evangelical Christianity uses that as a template to perpetuate the fear-based messaging: accept Jesus as your Savior in order to be restored to your rightful place.

But have you read Genesis 3:1-5 objectively? You can use my axiom to tease out the fear-based message and resulting beliefs about it, but it's simply not necessary. What is necessary is to read it objectively: Eve believed what a lying, talking snake—you can stop right there because have you ever in your life come across a snake that talks, and has already learned how to lie? Why do people believe this story as if it actually happened? Why do people not look at this as a metaphor?

Beliefs agnostically self-reinforce instantaneously, creating feelings, thoughts, and actions in that order, which themselves create more self-reinforcing feelings, thoughts, and actions.

When I analyzed it as a metaphor, it came out like this: perform an action in order to achieve/receive what you already are/have. My axiom demonstrates that regardless of the thing believed, it will instantaneously—at the speed of light no less!—self-reinforce by creating feelings, thoughts, and actions. Those "feelings, thoughts, and actions" are indistinguishable from each other; we simply separate them so as to break it down. That can be helpful, but it's actually better to keep them whole.

Read Genesis 3:7-11 and you'll see this in action: the moment Eve believed she felt naked and afraid, so she hid herself. Couldn't this be more obvious? I mean, come on! It's right there in plain view! Easy-to-read words, no eighty dollar words are needed to cognize that when you believe in whatever external source says about you that if it's not right or truthful, you're going to feel a certain way.

That's why I think I'll never have a chance to defend my axiom against the world's brightest minds in their respective modalities: they are afraid!

beliefs create all ways of thinking about life

What Is A Belief?

Definition of belief:

  • the feeling that someone or something exists, is true, etc., especially without proof.
  • something that someone accepts to be true, in existence, etc.
  • the feelings that something is good, valuable, etc.
  • the feelings of trust in someone and their qualities, abilities, etc.

A belief is a feeling then, an intuitive awareness of something unseen, not visible, not physically present.

Whenever the topic of beliefs comes up, it’s always about feelings, feelings that self-reinforce thousands of times per day. Concurrently, those feelings create self-reinforcing thoughts thousands of times per day, which creates self-reinforcing actions thousands of times per day.

Feelings, thoughts, and actions are indistinguishable from each other. Separating them can be helpful, but practically speaking we make split second decisions based on feelings and act upon them. It's automatic. There's never been a single moment in your life that you were not thinking and acting on your feelings regardless if you were believing, misbelieving, or disbelieving.

Belief=Emotions=DNA. These are inseparable, indistinguishable from each other, thus it can be written as DNA=belief=emotions, and emotions=DNA=belief.

What makes you feel good? Your beliefs.
What makes you feel bad? Your beliefs.
What makes you angry? Your beliefs.
What makes you love? Your beliefs.
What makes you hate self and others? Your beliefs.
What motivates you? Your beliefs.
What depresses and saddens you? Your beliefs.
What makes you sick? Your beliefs.
What heals you? Your beliefs.
What excites you? Your beliefs.
What can kill you? Your beliefs.
What facilitates miracles? Your beliefs.

How you feel about anything has a direct impact on how your DNA is expressed or suppressed. (Lipton, "The Biology of Belief")

Here's the only rationale statement of how beliefs work:
Beliefs agnostically self-reinforce instantaneously, creating feelings, thoughts, and actions in that order, which themselves create more self-reinforcing feelings, thoughts, and actions.

Feelings=thoughts=actions. These are inseparable, indistinguishable from each other, thus it can be written as thoughts=actions=feelings, and actions=feelings=thoughts.

All organized human activity, be they social media platforms, businesses large and small, government, churches and others institutions, require belief in order to function. Core values are expressions of beliefs. Artificial Intelligence is another form of expressed beliefs; everything man-made is an expression of beliefs, but not belief itself.

Individual beliefs benefit or hinder the individual, whereas belief systems work towards profits and perceived power. Individual beliefs and belief systems are mutually exclusive to each other; the former can facilitate miracles, the latter cannot by virtue of it subjugating the former to its organizational principles. For example, the church speaks of miracles but cannot facilitate them. Likewise, Psychological principles can be helpful to the individual, but it's still up to the individual to apply the principles.

I don't identify as a Christian but rather as an objective analyst juxtaposing claims and incongruencies against the rational axiom of how beliefs work.
The Bible truthfully documents how furiously fucked up fast life becomes when we humans don't believe in ourselves. It's instantaneous—snap! It should be retitled, "The Book of Beliefs" or "The Lies We Believe" since people believe the lies they were told about it. Seminaries should be renamed “Universal Deceptions, Inc.” because they perpetuate the lies for money.