So much of my recent thought has centered on the question of belief — what I believe, why I believe, what are the foundations of my belief. While these mental exercises often do not result in new beliefs or clarity, they renew my commitment to constantly put my beliefs — my intuitions — to a real world truth test of sorts. Are my beliefs correct? Do they stand up to the reality of things?
In a recent TED lecture, behavioral economist Dan Ariely talks about why we behave in certain ways, based on our intuitions.