Delusion and Belief

Delusion and Belief

Delusion and Belief

Delusion and Belief

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MAN has long ceased to be the sport of inanimate nature; he has penetrated the laws of the physical world and harnessed its forces to his own designs. He is no longer impotent in face of the devastating forces of disease, but by mastering the nature of these forces and studying his own bodily resources, he has erected cunning defences. Encouraged by these triumphs, impatient at being himself the plaything of blind impulses, man feels renewed ambition to understand and control the forces which make up his own personality and determine his destiny.

The analysis of these forces and of their transformations brings one face to face with the varied beliefs of man and shows how much these beliefs contribute to the success or failure of the individual and of the group. Thus the study of beliefs is no academic discipline, but is part of the general study of the mechanisms of man's adaptation to his environment, conceived in the widest sense of the term.

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