Porter’s First Law of Human Behavior
“Human beings see, hear, remember, understand, and do what they want to see, hear, remember, understand, and do.” Porter’s First Law of Human Behavior—Simplified: “People believe what is useful to them.”
Porter’s Second Law of Human Behavior
Given Porter’s First Law, “When confronting our beliefs, we must raise an epistemological red flag whenever said belief is useful. When things are useful, all historical, empirical, and experiential data which contraindicate our belief must be brought to bear. Otherwise—we’re not thinkers as God intended, merely narcissistic lumps.”
Remember, why and how we believe (epistemology) what we believe is often more important than what we believe. If our epistemology is weak, then our beliefs are easily weakened, but if our historical, empirical, and experiential evidence is strong? Beliefs become Truth, and not just truth.