The Difference Between a Conclusion and an Opinion

(Five paragraphs plus endnotes, Revision Four copyleft 5-26-2016 By Peter Voluntaryistic Walker)
1. The word “faith” is a euphemism for bigotry/prejudice because all three are the making of premature and therefore incorrectly arrived at conclusions. Further, faith is the foundation of intersubjectivity; philosophy, science, and secular spirituality are the foundation of inter-objectivity — our species’ next evolutionary phase if we are to remain extanct. Thus I have no beliefs; only conclusions subject to change upon any improved information or discovered logic errors I’ve inadvertently committed. Because life is short, I prioritize my partial-knowns/unknowns. For instance, physical laws such as the law of gravity may have new knowledge added changing them to some extent; such as the relationship between Newtonian and relativity physics. Both are at the bottom of my list of priorities to further investigate. For now, unknowns about the relationships between mental health, mental illness, and psychosis are towards the top of my list of partial-knowns/unknowns.
2. Beliefs are a type of opinion. “Conclusion” and “opinion” are two different words for a reason. Most people use the two words interchangeably because most people have been artificially dumbed-down by traditional child-rearing, public schooling, mainstream media, and similar forms of social engineering that manage civilization according to ruling class interests (not to mean all social engineering is conspiracy; much of it is social inertia.)
3. A conclusion results from a thought process based on logic combined with information. A poorly thought-out conclusion has either poor logic such as sophism or poor information such as disinformation or the illusion of knowledge. A well-thought-out conclusion is based on sound logic and comprehensive information that has been thoroughly fact-checked. If the subject matter has any degree of complexity, a 100% certain conclusion is almost always impossible; but the closer to 100% it is, the more usable it is.
4. Opinions are substitutes for conclusions; sometimes for healthy reasons but more often for unhealthy reasons. A textbook case of a good reason is a military radar operator needing to determine whether a set of blips are friendly or foe, and not having enough time to think-out a conclusion. This occurred in the Gulf War of the 1990s and the operator decided the blips were foe based on his gut feeling. It turned out they were missiles and he was a hero for having them shot down; but if they would have been friendly fighter planes he probably would’ve been court-martialed for the rest of his life. He was well aware of this when making his decision. Afterwards the US Navy thoroughly investigated his decision and came to the conclusion that the operator’s subconscious detected a difference between the blip patterns of missiles and fighter planes that his conscious couldn’t because the subconscious operates approximately seven thousand times faster than the conscious. Professional opinions such as those from doctors and lawyers are called opinions because of the role their gut plays combined with their knowledge and information resources. A textbook case of a bad opinion is to echo what someone else says because the opinion holder is emotionally/mentally lazy or inadequate. Thus the definition of a nonemergency/nonprofessional opinion is a decision based not on thinking or information, but on emotional/mental processing of concepts according to indoctrination. I’m presently not a professional anything and therefore only have opinions in emergencies.
5. A belief-conclusion instance troubling me almost all my life is my condition/disease of addiction with booze being my drug of choice, followed by pot, followed by OCD behaviors. Intellectually I conclude I have a deadly case of addiction to almost anything, but emotionally I’ve often in the past and probably sporadically in the future have an emotional belief I can control my using.
5.a. This is an example of how beliefs are more emotional than intellectual, and how managing my/our emotional/irrational beliefs is a matter of getting emotions and intellect to be team members rather than competitors.
5.b. In the case of addiction*, the slang term “hitting bottom” refers to a debunking of the emotional belief that one can control one’s addiction; usually through such devastating losses that even the emotions say “This is a losing game.”
“First you don’t know that you don’t know,
Then you know that you don’t know,
Then you learn,
Then you achieve mastery, aka HOW – – honest, open minded, willing; admitting there are other things existing you are unaware of, so not only do you not know, you know you don’t know about those other things.” – Paraphrased from multiple anonymous sources
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