Reason and Religious Beliefs 4.2

McShane continues exploring the dynamics of belief with illustrations, e.g., of asking for bus directions to get to a certain destination. Belief plays an important role in both practical and scientific inquiry. On the other hand, appreciating oneself as a lonely quest is knowable through correctly understanding experience. McShane notes that among the various obstacles to such self-appreciation are inherited pressures within culture, literature, and language itself. An example is the way Sherlock Holmes slips into the language of deduction and logic when talking about how he solves crimes.

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