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Maybe I Can

I have two seemingly conflicting beliefs. The first is that whenever possible, it is best to know the truth. By default I think that we sometimes avoid the truth, and we sometimes avoid giving the truth. In almost every case, though, having a clear picture of the truth will allow you to operate more correctly. At the same time, I also believe that holding certain beliefs will benefit you whether they're true or not.

One such belief is that anything is possible. Even in the face of seemingly impossible tasks, I like to believe that maybe I can do it. It's a little bit insane for me to believe that a two-man team of Todd and me can compete against WordPress and Tumblr, but I really believe that we can. Now that we've built something that people really like it's not so crazy, but it was really crazy when we first started. When I got into pickup, I had to believe that I could go from being extremely introverted and awkward to extroverted and sociable. There was little evidence to support that possibility.

I say that these two ideas seem to conflict because I believe that they are actually quite compatible. When looking at the history of others, as well as my own history, I've noticed that we consistently underestimate what we are capable of. Our idea of an honest look at our capabilities is actually further from the real truth than is the assumption that we can do everything.

Rounding up to the nearest 'everything' is not only more accurate than our best critical assessment, it's also much more valuable. The cost of being wrong is usually illusory. If you think that you can become a master violinist, act like it, and turn out to be wrong, you'll still make more progress than if you believe that the ceiling on your ability is lower. At the same time, the cost of incorrectly capping expectations is to provide an artificial ceiling on your achievement. I'm not sure I've ever seen someone progress further than they believed they could.

Can the Theory of Evolution and Religion Coexist

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I believe in God, but I also have a huge belief in scientific theories and evolution is one of my big ones. Like it is ingrained in my mind, so to speak. As if it is a natural occurrence that has happened to the human species and I cannot shake it off - nor would I want to.

According to an article on Haaretz.com, 92% of Americans believe in God, but only 16% believe in the theory of evolution. While the theory has fewer believers, that also means that some that believe in God also believe in the theory.

While this is a touchy subject, I'm leaving my opinion here and mine alone. I will NOT tell you what to believe. Not many believe in the co-existence of religion and this theory. In fact, 93% of scientists are atheists or agnostics.

Agree or disagree, that is just fine with me. But, I feel this theory of evolution can come hand in hand with God(s) in some way or another.

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