Is seeing believing?

August 14, 2014


Believed seen Poster

Some things must be believed before they can be seen.

We’re used to the way science usually works: We see it, then we believe it.

We’ve all heard that seeing is believing.

In fact, most of us believe that things must be seen to be believed.

But, that’s not always true.

In fact, sometimes, science works the other way.

We believe something, and upon investigation, we observe that in fact,  there is something there to believe in.

Does this make sense?

I think it does.

Often, without belief, we don’t even know where to look.

That’s why I’m big believer in possibility.

What do you think?

31 comments on “Is seeing believing?
  1. I believe (ha!) that seeing isn’t the only sense we have when we’re forming our beliefs. I think we have way more than 5 of them. There is an inner knowing we can tap into if we know where to find it.

  2. I don’t know what I think anymore! I know I am not wanting to ever be a part of a religious group again, because religion causes wars and hate. I don’t know what I believe because science tells me different than the bible does. All I know is I have one shot here on this earth, and I want to be the best person I can be while I’m alive. xo

    • I find it amusing that we believe differently but with the same effect: I want to be the person person possible because I believe in reincarnation and I want to move ahead! 😉 You’re a good person, Karen. You fit the bill.

  3. kim tackett says:

    I think today I am working with “feeling is believing.” I might have a different answer tomorrow.

  4. I absolutely believe this. I think the lives we create start with our beliefs-in both positive and negative ways. Great post, Carol.! Lots to ponder in this one.

  5. Donna says:

    Possibilites are all there is! I believe in so much that I cannot see, I believe in love, hope, happiness, and joy…can’t see any of them.

  6. D. A. Wolf says:

    Without question, I think our beliefs color our perceptions. We may not see what we “want” to see or even what we “expect” to see, but an element of what we perceive is a function of so much more than measurable “science.” That includes experience and mood as well.

    (Of course, these days, with Photoshop and cosmetic surgery, it’s hard to believe what we see anyway.)

  7. Lana says:

    The best way to grow is to believe in things that can’t be seen!

  8. CAC2 says:

    It is dangerous to call “believing then seeing” a scientific thought process. This is actually a perfect example of argumentum ad consequentiam, or an appeal to consequences.

    When we believe the answer before we begin the search, our point of view is already skewed and no longer dispassionate – we become partial to one outcome over another. This is in no way scientific and when this type of logical fallacy is brought into the science arena, the field (and the search for truth in general) suffers.

    It is perfectly fine to believe something before beginning the investigation, but never make the mistake of classifying it as scientific (or logical, for that matter).

    • CAC2, I saw only the last sentence of this and KNEW It was you! Yes, exactly. Thank you. Love, CAC.

      • CAC2 says:

        I am compelled to play devil’s advocate when the situation demands it!

        My main point is that we should all be aware of confirmation bias and not allow ourselves to take the easy way out by only looking for evidence or arguments that support our preconceived notions.

        And you know I follow my own advice. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have read “The Afterlife Experiments.” It’s important to understand the different sides to an issue.

  9. Jackie says:

    I believe in lots of things I can’t see —- gravity, for instance. Although, I’d like to defy it, it does, indeed, exist — my “girls” are living proof of it. 🙂

  10. Lizzy says:

    For me, sometimes believing is just “faith” and “hope”.

  11. WendysHat says:

    I believe in things unseen. Your rose is beautiful by the way!

  12. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Often we are blind to what exists right before our eyes.

  13. I believe that our thoughts create reality! We can manifest our wishes and dreams but won’t see them for a while!

  14. Kathy says:

    I think we do a lot of ‘looking’ (at, into, around) in our society, but we often don’t really ‘see’. Sort of like the story of the woman who thought her neighbor’s laundry was soiled, when really her own windows needed washing. BTW…I am a huge believer in possibilities as well.

  15. Derric Jones says:

    I think that what you said in this article is true. Great post

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