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Neil deGrasse Tyson recently explained that the meaning of science "can be summarized in one sentence, which is all about objectivity: Do whatever it takes to avoid fooling yourself into thinking something is true that is not, or that something is not true that is." Like almost all contemporary scientists, he has not quite followed his own guidelines: he is only giving us half the story. By "objectivity," he is talking about a science that discovers what is "out there." But what about the science that discovers what is "in here"?
Your beliefs are critical since they are the keys that unlock the winning or losing door, no matter what challenges you face. Since your beliefs rule your life, it is scary to realise that so many beliefs, particularly those about our abilities, have been formulated and reinforced by others.