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What Is Doubt?

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 1:45 PM

No one passes through this world without experiencing some form of doubt.. How have you experienced doubt in yourself or others? What is the mechanism of doubt all about? Where does it come from and where does it lead?
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Posted by: Janine Riley on 05/15/2013 - 1:49 PM

I'm afraid I don't know what you're talking about.
(sorry, couldn't help myself. Lol )

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 2:03 PM

That's okay Janine many people don't but I doubt you're one of them

 

Posted by: Phyllis Wolf on 05/15/2013 - 2:06 PM

I doubt you're getting the answer you're looking for.
lol! j/k ; )

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 2:08 PM

Everything and anything tells me something

 

Posted by: Phyllis Wolf on 05/15/2013 - 2:13 PM

Uh oh...another joke popped in mind but I'll be good and not say it. Haha! : P

 

Posted by: Karen Newell on 05/15/2013 - 2:13 PM

Doubt is the opposite of faith. It is remembrance of past failure. It doesn't take much for the mind to latch on. Perhaps that is what coined the phrase " a seed of doubt". Which is enough to get out of jail free:))

 

Posted by: Ana Belle on 05/15/2013 - 2:16 PM

Doubt is when i got a huge crush on this hot, gorgeous guy and then he tells me that he really really really likes me, that he is single and not gay. That is doubt. :D

 

Posted by: Janice Drew on 05/15/2013 - 2:20 PM

Everyone has doubts about themselves and others. We may doubt our abilities. It is especially helpful if we are surrounded by supportive people who give us encouragement.

We surely have our doubts about the truthfulness of stories especially some tall tales told over the internet.

Doubt is a normal reaction.

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 2:21 PM

@Karen. it begs the question, what came first the faith or the doubt?
@Ana, you should try and raise your expectations and see if that works..
@ Janice, Yes doubt is normal and a defense mechanism, but from what?

 

Posted by: Ana Belle on 05/15/2013 - 2:23 PM

i'll try robert... ill try... ahhahah :=)

 

Posted by: Karen Newell on 05/15/2013 - 2:29 PM

The doubt came first.

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 2:30 PM

@Karen, I'd have to agree ..

 

Posted by: Karen Newell on 05/15/2013 - 2:33 PM

You would Believe if you did not doubt. Therefore faith would be unnecessary.

 

Posted by: Dan Turner on 05/15/2013 - 2:37 PM

Doubt: "I'll believe it when I see it."
Faith: "I'll see it when I believe it."

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Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 2:38 PM

@ karen,I personally don't find faith in my make up or identity. I can be critical and discerning but don't feel that stopping energy of doubt to often.. sometimes of course it creeps in.. I can be fooled or made the fool all the same..
@ Dan" I'll see it when I believe it" can also be taken as" I see what I believe"..... doesn't sound much different than doubt...No?

 

Posted by: Tony Murray on 05/15/2013 - 2:40 PM

Doubt is the necessary inherent mechanism so the mind can more easily adjust to failure. In mechanical terms it is the minds shock absorber.

 

Posted by: Isabella F Abbie Shores on 05/15/2013 - 2:42 PM

What is life without it.........

 

Posted by: Karen Newell on 05/15/2013 - 2:43 PM

That is a bit harsh RJ. For me Faith is the glue of my reality. Faith is the hope of love.

Of Love prevailing:)

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 2:43 PM

Yes Tony it is a shock absorber as is all defensive mechanism .. do they really serve us? To some extent I'd say yes but I think we can become crippled by them ..
Karen, which part is harsh?
@ What's Her name, lol life with out doubt? could be pretty dangerous

 

Posted by: Phyllis Wolf on 05/15/2013 - 2:45 PM

My serious answer is, to have some doubt is healthy as it can be even self preserving sometimes. If one remains too naive and never doubts anything or anyone they can be easily harmed often....but if one is not trusting at all they can become too paranoid and hurt themselves in other ways. It is also helpful to take another look and second guess ourselves sometimes too, but too much of that can become crippling also. Balance is key in everything. Finding a happy medium doesn't mean one is never taken in and taken advantage of but with experience we learn....but we learn from trust as well. We have to learn to trust ourselves as well as others sometimes.

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 2:47 PM

Thanks Phyllis , now we have; doubt, faith and trust on the table. thanks for one of things I was looking for..lol

 

Posted by: Dan Turner on 05/15/2013 - 2:47 PM

"I personally don't find faith in my make up or identity."

Robert, I suspect you do. What do you call it when you're crossing the street and there's 3000 lbs of steel hurtling towards you and ALL that stands between you and it is a red light suspended on a wire above your head?

You certainly don't know that car is going to stop. You have faith that it will, but you don't know for a fact. You're only walking in front of a moving vehicle because your faith at that moment is stronger than your doubt.

Perhaps you have another term for it.

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Posted by: Karen Newell on 05/15/2013 - 2:49 PM

I don't believe you believe you don't have faith in your make up. Sounds like you have a shield up around the idea. We all have faith, but not always Faith.

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 2:50 PM

Dan, I guess you could use the word faith for crossing the street but I was using faith in a spiritual sense, crossing the street is more a calculated risk ..
@Karen, I do believe I have luck or am charmed in some ways.. would you call that faith?

 

Posted by: Phyllis Wolf on 05/15/2013 - 2:51 PM

Haha! Well, thats what happens when you ask deep questions, RJ. The answers can go down all kinds of avenues.

 

Posted by: Karen Newell on 05/15/2013 - 2:53 PM

Perhaps belief is the opposite of doubt, while faith is the fulcrum.

 

Posted by: Karen Newell on 05/15/2013 - 2:55 PM

If you believe you are charmed you must have faith in that idea. Isn't faith what creates a reality?

 

Posted by: CandelaLight Photography and Art on 05/15/2013 - 2:56 PM

"Doubt is a pain, too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother."
Khalil Gibran

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 2:56 PM

No I think my charm is Bullshit, but I'm sticking with it..

 

Posted by: Dan Turner on 05/15/2013 - 3:01 PM

"Dan, I guess you could use the word faith for crossing the street but I was using faith in a spiritual sense"

Exactly! Now, how are you using the word "doubt"?

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Posted by: H Drew on 05/15/2013 - 3:01 PM

I believe doubt was the foundation of Renee Descartes' philosophy

 

Posted by: Laura Fasulo on 05/15/2013 - 3:02 PM

When I read your question about doubt Robert, faith didn't occur to me as it's opposite, as Karen pointed out, but confidence did. It may just be a matter of semantics.
I think those of us who have doubts about themselves, their goals, etc. can be lacking confidence. I don't know where confidence comes from, is it genetic or can it be cultivated but confidence in oneself is a very great thing to have. I admire people who have an abundance of it, I think sometimes it is all that seperates success from failure.

 

Posted by: Karen Newell on 05/15/2013 - 3:02 PM

Ha ha, If the Bullshit works you must have faith it will ;))

 

Posted by: Mo Freelton on 05/15/2013 - 3:03 PM

Doubt = Cowardly Curousity

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 3:04 PM

dan, I was proposing doubt as the topic open to all interpretations . faith came later in the debate and I was only talking about how i was using faith in the statement you quoted .. I think however that imo fear is the fertile soil for the seeds of doubt...

 

Posted by: Karen Newell on 05/15/2013 - 3:07 PM

Mo, Perfect!

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 3:07 PM

now we have:
doubt
faith
cowardly curiosity
confidence
defense
trust..

 

Posted by: H Drew on 05/15/2013 - 3:13 PM

Is not to doubt the same as to question and to question leads to discovery?

 

Posted by: Phyllis Wolf on 05/15/2013 - 3:19 PM

Agreed. Fear of the unknown breeds doubt and fear can inhibit growth. Some of the downsides of too much of something which keeps one off balance. There is a healthy amount of fear to have but too much inhibits. Sometimes you just have to let doubt go and jump right in. In other words...look before you leap but then go for it.

 

Posted by: Janine Riley on 05/15/2013 - 3:20 PM

Lack of informed knowledge.

That is not faith when one see "3000 lbs of truck hurtling at them ". A box floating in the air on a wire with the color red on it will never stop that force.

 

Posted by: Karen Newell on 05/15/2013 - 3:24 PM

Belief
Balance

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 3:31 PM

I would say I am confident but I think the universe is far too fickle for me to dwell on faith.. thunder here, I may have to run..

 

Posted by: Gene Gregory on 05/15/2013 - 3:46 PM

Doubt is the absense of faith, and faith is the absense of doubt.

I may come up with a better definition later, but I doubt it.

 

Posted by: H Drew on 05/15/2013 - 3:51 PM

@Gene: you may be right BUT I doubt it....lol!
So to doubt the absence of faith is to have faith? thatz imposible if doubt is the absence of faith......

 

Posted by: Gene Gregory on 05/15/2013 - 3:56 PM

Now you're making me dizzy ..... ; (

 

Posted by: H Drew on 05/15/2013 - 4:00 PM

Sorry Gene. your premise .....is a logical fallacy...Thatz not a critisim so PLEASE don't beat me up LOL!

 

Posted by: Roger Swezey on 05/15/2013 - 4:36 PM

RE: DOUBT

We all have at times...What we do about it is what matters:

Some notable quotes:

"When in doubt......."Don't".. (Ben Franklin)

............................".Do it"...(Oliver Wendell Holmes)

............................."Mumble"..(James H. Borem)

............................".Wear Red"..( Bill Blass)

............................" Go for the Dick Joke"..(Robin Williams)

And my favorite, ..A tenet , I follow:

When in doubt,......." Make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So what the hell, leap"
..............................(Cynthia Heimel).
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Posted by: Tom Druin on 05/15/2013 - 4:48 PM

a unique debate with ourselves ...

 

Posted by: Jason Christopher on 05/15/2013 - 4:51 PM

when u doubt, thats fine at times... its being human.... when u doubt alot... its time to doubt your doubt!!! of course, thats easier said than done...

 

Posted by: Karen Newell on 05/15/2013 - 5:21 PM

@Gene, I understand what you are saying. It seems logical to me :))

 

Posted by: H Drew on 05/15/2013 - 5:32 PM

doubt what a wonderful subject

score:

fallacy 1
reason 1

 

Posted by: Gene Gregory on 05/15/2013 - 5:44 PM

Some people hear of "Doubting Thomas' and some doubt if there really was a Thomas.

If is strange that some folks believe every lie told by their favorite polition without a doubt.

If you have one friend that will never doubt you, you are rich beyond measure.

If you keep doubting a thing will happen, you will probably eventually be correct.

Never doubt what you know is right, even if someone else insists on using their own logic.


.................................These are from the writtings of Gershwin W. Smud

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 5:54 PM

Gene mentioned the Doubting Thomas, a type we all have crossed paths with, when faced with a new idea or concept they respond with a "NO".. Then they will attack you personally rather than the subject, they also love to provoke you with sensitive topics to see where you stand on their personal issues, mostly negative ones, such as politics or prejudice...

 

Posted by: Kip DeVore on 05/15/2013 - 5:59 PM


faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love

 

Posted by: H Drew on 05/15/2013 - 6:28 PM

I doubt it's love: it's charity!

 

Posted by: Vivian ANDERSON on 05/15/2013 - 7:27 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmm:::::::::"they also love to provoke you with sensitive topics to see where you stand on their personal issues, mostly negative ones, such as politics or prejudice..." where have I heard this before??????? ... oh, yes............I doubt that my memory would be appreciated here..........the eternal 'they'........who is 'they'...

 

Posted by: H Drew on 05/15/2013 - 8:04 PM

Hey Vivian! Join the us and them game....its soooooooooooo fun;)

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/15/2013 - 8:22 PM

Are you saying I like to provoke Vivian?...guilty...

 

Posted by: H Drew on 05/15/2013 - 8:41 PM

Hehehe.....

 

Posted by: Vivian ANDERSON on 05/15/2013 - 8:56 PM

Thanks for the invite....doubt I've got more to say, seeing as I doubt I like being provoked, lol, lol, NOT !

RJ - you do so love to play mind-games....and I love to play,too....but am slowly losing my mind now, so am incapable of being provoked due to lack of strong response to anything much these day.........all LIES !!!! hehehe......xV

11 a.m. here - gotta go to the Dentist.......cheers.

 

Posted by: Roz Abellera on 05/15/2013 - 9:10 PM

I think doubt means 'lack of faith in yourself.' But I could be wrong.

 

Posted by: None None on 05/15/2013 - 9:58 PM

More chum anyone?

 

Posted by: Jenny Armitage on 05/15/2013 - 10:09 PM

A sign that you are awake and still thinking.

 

Posted by: Ricardo De Almeida on 05/15/2013 - 10:18 PM

Talking about "doubts":



 

Posted by: Sheena Pike on 05/15/2013 - 11:39 PM

Doubt is a safety net, a coping mechanism. It's easier to doubt than to take the leap and fail......to trust and be betrayed......to love and not have it returned........Doubt such as Self doubt.....squashes dreams, Kills relationships and is a crutch to the unwilling participants..... the fearful and the not so risk takers.

Doubt can be warranted, it can be supported by past experiences......... or it can just be fear....fear of the unknown. Doubt is a natural feeling and in many cases a cautionary tale ......... its how we use this inkling.....this gut feeling, how we listen to this instinct and our moments of doubt. Just like anything when used in moderation; when understood and not over indulged Doubt can be a good thing or it can be the end of us...... Self Doubt is the cancer of doubts......plain ol doubt depending on the situation can be wisdom or fear......the key is to not let the cancerous doubt win.

Oh yes I have met the eerie bastard we call doubt....but I am slowly learning the difference between wisdom and fear.

 

Posted by: Ana Belle on 05/16/2013 - 12:34 AM

im not so sure but i remember a line in scent of a woman... al pacino said to his cat, "when in doubt, fu**." =)

me, i doubt everything. i even doubt my own faith. i doubt where i put my faith into. i question my own belief system. i question every ideas and every values that i inherited. if they say i shouldn't do this or that, oh i swear i do it all the more. i DOUBT, big time! its just me, i'm a doubter.

 

Posted by: Vivian ANDERSON on 05/16/2013 - 12:45 AM

Um - what is 'chum' ? (oh,sorry,wrong thread - no poetry here,lol)....but, need to know...............am in doubt re the meaning...........

 

Posted by: Maria Disley on 05/16/2013 - 3:26 AM

Doubt is when you are presented with something and you can piece it together nicely but then there seems a couple of pieces missing, and for the sake of you you can't even fill them in with imagination, without experience you have to make it up, from the experience that you do have, in the end you paint an image onto the blank pieces and try it out, could be.. you think, but you are in doubt, you need to feel the experience, to have lived it to be confident in putting together the whole picture, even if that picture is of you. That's the best way i can explain doubt.

 

Posted by: Jane McIlroy on 05/16/2013 - 6:19 AM

Doubt is healthy. It makes us think for ourselves instead of blindly accepting what others tell us.

 

Posted by: Robert Matson on 05/16/2013 - 7:40 AM

The shortest route to success is usually found through the ears. Doubt is youth. Doubt is inexperience. Doubt is the open mind with poor filters that gets clogged by dust. Doubt is knowledge without understanding. Doubt is the acceptance of failure without trying. Doubt is an obstacle built with assumptions. Moreover and most often, doubt is a social disease.

 

Posted by: Janine Riley on 05/16/2013 - 8:45 AM

" Doubt is the acceptance of fear without trying ". Good one Robert , the lazy way out.
" Eerie bastard " . Lol. Sheena - now I have a name to put on the face of my doubt.


Viv - "chum" is the bait that you put out for the sharks.


Doubt is the clue that you either need more of knowledge - or a backbone.
A Key to the door of decisions. You either will, or you won't

 

Posted by: H Drew on 05/16/2013 - 9:04 AM

cause of doubt....face of doubt:
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Have a nice day :)

 

Posted by: Robert James Hacunda on 05/16/2013 - 10:34 AM

Dealing with our own doubt is bad enough, it gets particularly troubling when you are stuck dealing with others doubts. I find that even more crippling than my own...

 

Posted by: Jane McIlroy on 05/17/2013 - 2:53 AM

Sometimes certainty can be more crippling than doubt, because it implies a confidence that may be unfounded and can lead to arrogance. Pride goes before a fall...

 

Posted by: Warren Thompson on 05/17/2013 - 5:34 AM

One of my favorite books is Doubt -A History.
You can listen to the NPR show and there is a self test thats more on the philosophy/
world view track:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1505065

 

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