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A belief is information you have about people, objects, issues, etc., that you consider true and factual. Such belief can be wrong or right. Beliefs define what you believe. This is a confirmation of what is true and real to you and what is not. External contexts such as the environment where you grow up and the contexts within which you function shape and define your beliefs. Conscious awareness creates the belief system of any person. You shape and define your belief system as you become consciously aware of the self and how you relate to people, objects, and issues.


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Belief is the state of mind in which a person has confidence that something is true without necessarily having sufficient evidence to be able to show this with factual certainty. Another way of defining belief sees it as a mental representation of an attitude positively oriented towards the likelihood of something being true. In the context of Ancient Greek thought, two related concepts were identified with regards to the concept of belief: pistis and doxa. Simplified, we may say that pistis refers to "trust" and "confidence", while doxa refers to "opinion" and "acceptance". The English word "orthodoxy" derives from doxa. Jonathan Leicester suggests that belief has the purpose of guiding action rather than indicating truth.In epistemology, philosophers use the term "belief" to refer to personal attitudes associated with true or false ideas and concepts. However, "belief" does not require active introspection and circumspection. For example, we never ponder whether or not the sun will rise. We simply assume the sun will rise. Since "belief" is an important aspect of mundane life, according to Eric Schwitzgebel in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a related question asks: "how a physical organism can have beliefs?"


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