I think that…..some people believe that some thoughts are fact.
That some of the opinions that they hold are somehow more than just opinions but a fact or a certainty.
For example a in the 16th centuary it was believed that there were only white swans and the black swan was used in a saying similar to the saying “as rare as hens teeth” or in this case, “a rare bird in the lands, and very like a black swan.” Both were presumed not to exist. That is teeth in hens and black swans. That was before Europeans visited Australia where we only have black swans. After that they had to drop that idiom.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote his book on the subject in 2007 called The Black Swan.
Taleb regards almost all major scientific discoveries, historical events, and artistic accomplishments as “black swans”—undirected and unpredicted. The irony is the some people I mentioned above like to believe in facts or certainty, until disproven. Usually referring to “hindsight” and its benefits. Unfortunately, it seems that no matter how many times this “black swan” thinking is exposed as a fallacy, they continue to believe in such, so called facts. I say that people that refer to hindsight have no desire for foresight.
Now days there are still some people that believe that the explanation for gravity is now a fact or certain and not a theory any more. They have formed this belief/thought/fact simply because they have never heard of a better explanation. They hold on to this belief even when scientists are modifying our universe by adding “Dark Matter” and “Dark Energy” to balance their equations. Something smells fishy to me.
I am pretty sure that Albert Einstein was not too happy with Gravity as he knew it. Finding a unifying theory was the goal that he never achieved I believe. Maybe it’s time to drop Gravity, or at least go back to understand that it is not a fact, but just another thought to be believed or not.
“I am a pink elephant” is a thought of mine to be believed or not. Or maybe it can be just let to stand to reason along with gravity and see if it fits or falls away. This is what I call Rethink Perfect thinking.