“Belief in demons is DANGEROUS because it can cause people to deny proper medical treatment to those suffering serious illness, in favour of prayer and religious rituals.”

And the basic belief in the human capacity to murder is dangerous because it can cause people to mistakenly accuse an innocent person of this crime and have them locked away and executed.

And belief in cancer is dangerous because it causes doctors to literally poison people with radiation.

And belief in the saltiness of seawater is dangerous because it will stop dehydrated people on an un-resourced, stranded boat from drinking the water that surrounds them.

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There are many beliefs we have that cause us to do risky things – things that, if the beliefs turn out to be false, would have alarming consequences.

So let’s just make sure our beliefs are true, whatever their consequences.

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