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How to Castrate a Bull: Unexpected Lessons on Risk, Growth, and Success in Business by Pat Walsh, Dave Hitz

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INTERLUDE: Scientific-Truth and Useful-Truth

Sometimes I like to play with ideas. Lately I've been mulling over the distinction between scientific-truth and useful-truth.

Scientific-truth:

I believe that the universe is an understandable place, with objective facts that we can discover by using the scientific method.

Useful-truth:

I believe that individuals are sometimes better off believing things that may not be scientifically true. What if believing in God makes people happier and more successful, independent of whether God actually exists? In this case, believing in God would be a useful-truth, whether or not it is a scientific-truth.

Suppose that we could find a useful-truth that is scientifically false. Should we believe it? An idea like this ...

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