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    Default Why do people love assumption?

    Please weigh in on this topic!

    I think that assumption acts like the training wheels to logical thought. For those who are too lazy to take the time to do the research, or those who are to ashamed to admit what they don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit
    I think that assumption acts like the training wheels to logical thought.
    On the contrary, assumption is necessary for logical thought. Check out Gdel's incompleteness theorems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laughingebony View Post
    On the contrary, assumption is necessary for logical thought. Check out Gdel's incompleteness theorems.
    Only in cases where due to circumstances outside of one's control adequate data could not be retrieved.

    But, this is not what I'm talking about.

    What I'm talking about is the tendency in common conversation, for ignorance to beget confidence.

    For people to assume things about others that would literally take them 30 seconds to learn if they would only ask.

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    I would rather ask a question than assume .. Even if it does make me look a fool.

    I have never presumed to know everything.

    And yeah, i could look it up .. But i am surrounded by shit loads of intelligent people .. One of you at least will have the answer .. And it is a good way to start a conversation.
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    And yeah, i could look it up .. But i am surrounded by shit loads of intelligent people .. One of you at least will have the answer .. And it is a good way to start a conversation.
    That is perfectly acceptable!

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    its how our brains work.

    I know that we like to put things into binary categories a lot. So, maybe we do that too.

    I just made the assumption that the parallel holds

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscoBiscuit View Post
    What I'm talking about is the tendency in common conversation, for ignorance to beget confidence.

    For people to assume things about others that would literally take them 30 seconds to learn if they would only ask.
    This might not be what the OP meant but I admit, this is actually something I do. But the thing is, I don't assume that I know everything or what I assume is correct, I only pick up cues from here and there to build up a bigger picture.

    My assumptions go hand in hand with occasional questions. Questions arise assumptions and I ask questions to back up my assumptions. It's a continuous cycle. Somehow I consider asking a lot of questions to be invasive from my part. I have absolutely no problems with people asking me questions, I always have the choice whether to answer them or not, but I cannot bring myself to become really inquisitive. Hence, there's always information coming in, from what people choose to tell me, some things get assumed and I'm constantly looking for other cues to back up my assumptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by run View Post
    its how our brains work.

    I know that we like to put things into binary categories a lot. So, maybe we do that too.

    I just made the assumption that the parallel holds
    I understand that to a certain extent we will all subconsciously assume things.

    They key is too minimize how much we assume.

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    Assumptions are a logical necessity. Of course, we need to check that they're right, that is, factually accurate
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    At more than one point in our lives all of us will make assumptions. It's a part of life.
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