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Chapter 20. Be Wary of Your Dogma > Replace Dogmatic Believing with Heuristic B...

Replace Dogmatic Believing with Heuristic Believing

Heuristic believing seeks as much to discover, clarify, and understand beliefs as to justify and prove them. Heuristic believers investigate the origin and utility of current beliefs and constantly keep their “software of the mind” up-to-date. Without heuristic believing, the evidence people use to justify their beliefs is often the result of the belief, rather than the cause.

Kevin’s Belief About CEOs

Kevin believes that CEOs are autocratic and egotistical. So when he was interviewed by a CEO for a high-level position, Kevin saw the CEO as autocratic and egotistical. If Kevin were the kind who kept checking “the software of his mind’s eye,” he might have seen that his “believing was seeing” or that he needed more experience with the CEO before making a judgment.

Kevin’s belief was his spectacles; he saw what he was looking for. His belief “caused” him to see this CEO in a way that supported his belief. (Of course, it could also be true that this CEO was indeed autocratic and egotistical.)



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