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Ira Livingston

1 A Fuzzy Set Belief in god is not the focus of all religions. Buddhism is a good case in point. Even belief in general is not the issue for millions of people worldwide who identify with a religion ethically or ethnically but do not hold its beliefs. But you can also find lots of people who

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Ira Livingston

, Russia. Until his conversion, Paul had been a zealous anti-Christian, but his beliefs must have had the capacity and readiness to shift. Still, it’s not hard to imagine that anything less dramatic than a meteor might have failed to trigger his transformation. So it seems that it took a meteor—a real

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Michael Bath

these was built in 1591 for two merchant burgesses, Robert McNaught and James Rynd, who inscribed the date and their initials on the building, and the local belief that it was once occupied by Mary of Guise, or that this painting was for her use, lacks documentary evidence and can now almost certainly

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Michael Bath

remembered with architectural spaces: buildings are used as memory theatres whose features and spaces function as loci for words and ideas. Moreover these ideas historically include many of the hermetic and occult beliefs and practices which also preoccupied Frances Yates. For Freemasons the building which

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Michael Bath

the ministers’ belief that the king had no legal right to prohibit the Assembly. Spottiswood urged James to dismiss Seton as Chancellor, but although this did not happen, Seton was forced to cooperate in effecting the king’s policies for Scotland. In 1610 the General Assembly was forced to accept the

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Michael Bath

belief were a matter of individual conscience, under the guidance only of parish ministers subject to the authority of the church’s General Assembly. King James’s attempt to maintain some control over the national church by appointing bishops began in the 1580s, though it won little support from the

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Ira Livingston

performance of medical ritual.” The researcher makes a familiar distinction between belief (“positive thinking”) and practice (“performance, ritual”). This distinction was implied in the suggestion that patients didn’t “have to even believe in the placebo effect. Just take the pills.” The funny thing is

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Ira Livingston

ancient Greece, your belief is still specific to your moment in history. But I want to bypass arguments about how facts are invented versus merely discovered , how much facts are shaped in cultural and theoretical and political contexts, and so on. So in any case, it is clear that our knowledge of the

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Ira Livingston

Marx, the “bourgeoisie produce their own gravediggers.” If you are focused on faith or belief, you might be inclined to say that these aphorisms reflect a rather naive confidence in some fundamental moral order in the universe— or instead, a bad-faith whistling-through-the-graveyard of a clearly amoral

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Ira Livingston

and the supernatural by positing and entrenching the opposition between them. The opposition is something to think with , a generative mistake, a kind of motor (one that also spews out toxic by-products); but actual belief in it keeps your thinking especially stuck. Like Feinberg and Mallatt