Believe that the world is flat and expect to be ridiculed, that riddle has been solved and no longer resides in the Bermuda triangle of mystery. Express a point of view as just that (a point of view) and healthy debate and sharing of ideas can ensue.
Declare your belief as a fact and you enter the realm from whence most human conflict arises.
Most negative commentary is belief delivered as inalienable truth. Language matters. There's a difference between chirping a populist worldview in BOLD and prefacing an opinion with the fact it is just that and opening the door to different potentially more interesting points of view.
Beliefs ultimately get enveloped by knowledge or recede to the zone of the yet unknown. It's an old fashioned word in non academic circles but 'hypothesise' has a more accountable and credible ring to it than 'belief'.
Or so I hypothesise...
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