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The Power of Assumption- The effect of assumptions in everybody's life, whether big or small it affects the way we perceive

How many times have we assumed certain things about people in our workplace on the basis of little or no information we've had over the time. Is it a good practice or not? Personally i feel when we start assuming things we leave out opportunities, opportunities that otherwise can provide us with information and enlightning knowledge about the person or give us insights into the ways and methods of his or her lifestyle or beliefs.
In todays world most of our assumptions are because of the data that we obtain from the media. whether it is the understanding of another religion or the learning associated with it. How many of us can actually stand up and say that we've experienced everything we beleive. I daresay it won't be more than 40%
Its easier to assume things rather than obtain or experience them. Its more comfortable for a person to just sit on the laptop and read through an article by some journalist. What people don't understand the article is a perception of that person on the topic which we assume to be true, at that point of time we stop living our lives and become dummies who are easily swayed by other peoples ideas and thoughts. Our mental capacity to innovate reduces significantly as we only do what we read and assume to be true. Very few get the first hand experience.
Assumption of the presence of Weapons of Mass destruction lead to the Iraq war, it was only when somebody stopped assuming and started acting the true reason came out.
I hope we all can start living and stop assuming!

  • Sep 25 2013: Some assumptions cannot be avoided.

    That is one reason why critical thinking is essential. We must examine everything while remaining aware of our assumptions, to the extent that is possible.

    Critical thinking leads to the conclusion that the war in Iraq was caused by a deliberate falsehood, not an assumption. I doubt that anyone will ever be able to prove this conclusion, but it is, by far, more probable than any other scenario. Recently, in a public interview, the UN inspector for weapons of mass destruction said (something to this effect) that it is very likely that a program for removing the poison gas from Syria could be accomplished quickly, like we did in Iraq in the early 1990's.

    "In todays world most of our assumptions are because of the data that we obtain from the media."

    That is a big, big mistake. Today's "news media" has openly admitted that they are part of the entertainment industry. Almost all of the news media are part of, or are supported by, governments or major corporations, and the news they provide to the public supports the interests of those news organisations. Providing the truth is not one of their objectives.
  • Sep 25 2013: Assumptions are inevitable. Any person would have assumed something about someone already within seconds of meeting them. How often is that true? As such, how much more about information you are not so familiar with? Yet, there remains a reason for this.

    In understanding the above, realise why it exists and bypass those limitations.
  • Oct 3 2013: yes i understand the importance of assumption in situations where there isn't enough information available. But the habit of assuming which is far more comfortable than physically making an effort to understand the subject. That is why i believe
    that before assuming be sure that there isn't enough knowledge to make an informed judgement about a subject. .
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      Sep 28 2013: Assumptions lie underneath all our 'beliefs'. Bringing them to light builds persuasiveness. However often they hide in the shadows, aren't explicit or flaunted as facts. The key is to connect the dots, see the interconnections and understand fully the implications. Then our assumptions can serve us, as one part of the gestalt.
  • Sep 28 2013: What happened to the man who made no assumptions? Nothing.
  • Sep 25 2013: I think we all make assumptions(i.e. 1st impressions) We all have to make decisions on incomplete data and assumptions. A good example is when we have to hire a someone.

    The key is the ability to change the assumptions as more information becomes available. Many bad decisions and impressions are made when people refuse to change their assumptions in the face of evidence/information. I believe that this refusal is based on ego and hidden agendas.
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    Sep 25 2013: I think when you judge a person with his achievements or personality, you can't run assumptions. Those can hurt people and your self image, which hamper the effective communications and relationships with others. When you daydream something, you can let your assumptions drive you as faraway as you want. That hasn't anything to do with hurt to others and some amazing ideas may pop up to enlighten you. When you buy all the things reported or propagandized by the media, that's to say you are still not aware of being cheated by them, You could diversify your approaches to the information to block up your assumptions.

    So in most situations seeing with your heart is believing!
  • Sep 25 2013: Assumptions= Beliefs= Shackles
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    Sep 25 2013: I think it is useful when you encounter something every animal does, like predicting from incomplete data and models drawn from past experience, that you ask yourself why it could make sense for people to do this rather than to approach every new situation by abandoning everything they have observed or learned.

    One test would be to go through your day and take note of everything you are assuming and ask yourself what would happen if you didn't make any assumption. When you look for your glasses, make sure you don't reach for them where they normally are because that is assuming they are more likely to be there than elsewhere.

    Once you go through a few hours of your day without assuming anything at all, it may become apparent why people do assume things.