To Believe or Not to Believe
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“To Believe or Not to Believe” presents some final thoughts about a possible
link between science and spirituality. After showing that it is possible to be a scientist
and still have spiritual beliefs, this chapter asks the question of whether it makes any
difference if one has spiritual beliefs or not. To answer that question, the author
proposes the analogy of a color-blind person, explaining that sometimes people need to
believe in hypothetical concepts in order to understand how these concepts may affect
their levels of happiness and chance for success. The chapter concludes with the claim
that everybody should seize the opportunity to explore their mystical thoughts.
Summary of the book, spiritual beliefs, mystical thoughts, invisible
elements, imaginary entities, delusion, reasonable doubt, life after death, the end
of the world, prayers, supernatural power, higher consciousness, faith,
coincidences, skepticism, happiness and success, absolute knowledge, religious
texts, religious intolerance, dogmas.