This may be one of those posts where the title is more interesting than the text...
Some days I think that everyone has about the same level of faith in some opinion/ proposition being fact, we just differ in what. That is, we're all "believers", we just believe in different things.
The other day I spoke with a fellow sociologist who had asked their students to define race. All the students, being good sociology students, reported that race is a social construction. The sociologist elaborated that there is no biological or other reality to race--it's only a social construction.
Now, I think it's a good idea to consider the social construction of race, but to state this social construction as an innate fact is, well, ironic. Sociologists view of race (and lots of other things) as a social construction is, itself, a social construction.
So, I guess my null hypothesis here is that we all have similar levels of faith/ belief in something unseen or unproven, and so the real issue is not one of belief versus reality rather belief in what.
(I may just be grumpy because it's another cold, gray day).