The Belief Gambit

The Belief Gambit

This experience is:
for 1 person
1 hour long

  1. Set up a quiet setting where you won’t be disturbed. Make sure you are relaxed and have whatever you need (a cup of coffee, a snack, a backscratcher, etc.) in order to be able to remain focused without having to leave for 30 minutes.
  2. Get a piece of paper and a pen.
  3. Make a list of 10-30 things you believe. They could be political: “X politician is going to ruin the world”, personal: “I am meant to be a teacher”, philosophical:”The most important thing in life is being good to others”, or factual: “the world is round.”
  4. Find the item on the list you are least certain of. Look at it. Consider how you might be wrong. If you can find a credible counter-argument – one you might be able to believe eventually – cross it out.
  5. Repeat step 5 until you’ve crossed out as many as you can. Do your best to be unsparing. Can you cross them all out?
  6. Crumple up the paper and throw it away. Walk outside. Is the world any different?
  7. Send any observations you have about the experience to: