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RE: You do not "choose" your beliefs. You are (EITHER) CONVINCED (OR) UNCONVINCED.

in #ethics2 months ago (edited)

Convinced vs Choices:

I may or may not be convinced when I choose to do and believe something. On a conscious level, that is true, psychologically.

Subliminally

On a subliminal level, that is even more true. Being convinced can be emotional, intellectual, physical, metaphysical, theoretical, abstract, and/or spiritual. There are different dimensions, different levels, to all of this. We feel things. We do things. We say things.

Logically Accurate

You can be right to the extent of absolute objectivity, perhaps from a perspective of omniscience. The problem is that we may not always have a clear understanding of what is really happening.

Blinded

We can be too blinded by subjectivity, etc. So, being convinced can lead to me believing certain things.

Stubborn

However, I can choose to defy that at the same time. I can harden my heart and choose to go against what I am convinced of. People do this all the time. People do what they do not believe in all the time.

Freewill vs Determinism

So, life has freewill. If what you are saying endorses predestination and no freewill, then you are in fact promoting human-robotism or some kind of intellectualism to say that once you convince somebody of something, then they will do what commanded them to do perhaps.

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If what you are saying endorses predestination and no freewill, then you are in fact promoting human-robotism or some kind of intellectualism to say that once you convince somebody of something, then they will do what commanded them to do perhaps.

Do you believe advertising can CONVINCE people to buy specific products?

Smokers may say they are convinced that smoking is bad. But some smokers choose to continue smoking.

Consumers may say they are convinced that sugary treats are bad. But most consumers are not convinced they must STOP eating sugary treats.

Simply being convinced that something is "bad" is not the same as being convinced to stop.

True, but they still may say it. So, our understanding of being convinced is skewed at times. Plus, we do in fact rebel against what we know is right at times.

We sometimes test the limits of our conviction.

Do you believe advertising can CONVINCE people to buy specific products?

Do you believe that advertising generates sales?

Advertisements generally works on a sub-convincing level.

People can be convinced by intuition or by emotion or by logic.

Often subconscious conviction is stronger than conscious conviction.