Seeking True Beliefs/Quick Reference

This quick reference lists intellectual virtues.

The intellectual virtues are various motivations toward true beliefs.

  • Love of Knowledge — is the motivation to gain important knowledge.
  • Firmness — is the motivation to understand evidence and base beliefs on evidence. Galileo was firm but the Pope was Rigid. Firmness is based on a deep understanding of the evidence supporting your beliefs. Rigidity results from a motivation to preserve some dogma.
  • Courage and Caution — are the resolve to overcome difficulties and avoid mistakes. It can take courage to ask difficult questions.
  • Humility — is the motivation to learn.
  • Autonomy — is the motivation to take personal responsibility for choosing what you believe.
  • Perseverance — is the motivation to keep going, dig deeper, continue investigating and researching until the evidence is clear, anomalies are resolved, understanding continues to deepen and a belief can be formed with confidence.
  • Generosity — is the motivation to share results and credit with others. Lives were saved because Jonas Salk shared the polio vaccine without patenting it.
  • Insightfulness — is the motivation to imagine, discover, and understand new cause and effect relationships. Darwin gained insight when he visited the Galapagos Islands.
  • Practical Wisdom — is the motivation to balance, integrate, and resolve conflicting goals as you pursue true beliefs.