It is interesting to know that behind our beliefs and all the thoughts- there’s some process occurred in our brain and of course unconsciously. We just ended up by “Yes, I believe” on something after a series of electrical connection and reaction that actively occurred just as fast as half of our blinking eye’s time. So fast until we don’t know that even in that matter, there’s science explanation beyond.
Brain subject has always been my biggest interest when it comes to cognitive and psychology explanation. It is a reason why it located at the upper us; besides its nobility, it gives pattern to our lives. It put colours to our breaths and world.
And also which determine our place in the hereafter; Heaven or Hellfire. So, beware in what we’re believing.
Superstition VS Brain
I’m not expect that this two things are interrelated (I’m not a cognitive science student so maybe I’m late in knowing this? But this is interesting). Thesis of Dr. Shermer who write a book entitled Believing Brain said that we form and create our belief for a variety of subjective, personal, emotional, and psychological reasons in the context of environments created by family, friends, colleagues, culture, and society at large; after forming our beliefs we then defend, justify, and rationalize them with a host of intellectual reasons, cogent arguments, and rational explanations. Beliefs come first, explanations for beliefs follow. We can’t help believing. Our brains evolved to connect the dots of our world into meaningful patterns that explain why things happen. These meaningful patterns become beliefs.
When we look at something unfamiliar, the first process we do is by looking for a pattern and then infuses those patterns with meaning. Our brain continuously creating meaning beyond our sights and one of the evidences is a claims that there’s human resides on Mars when a picture showed a kind of human face on some random sand formation which interpreted as human face by public. Finally it is proven that the formation is nothing more than sand formation on a Mars’s sand mountain. It is nobody’s fault because human naturally tend to find a face pattern because we live with faces and expressions in the real world.
Effort of relating and finding meaning
So as in superstition. It happens as human tried to find a meaning behind some scene. Like what is the meaning when there’s a black cat walking in front of certain ceremony, what’s the sign when a glass broke in the middle of conversation, clothes that bring success during interview and so on. Human tried to find meaning and most of them related to either bad or good luck. Our brain is a belief engine, when we found some logic reason, we believe. However, it takes a strong taqwa to believe illogical events like Isra’ and Mi’raj and many other mu’jizat that happened to our noble prophets.
How meaningful or meaningless the data is – we can’t resist to find at least a meaning. Like what’s the meaning when someone say or do certain things to you. You start to analyse before you fall asleep, trying to find a reasonable meaning ; although they are meaningless at the very first place.
Think and analyse with heart and brain – there is when a wise thought and action comes in.