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An App that helps you to keep your assumptions under check

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Aashi Agarwal
Aashi Agarwal Mar 30, 2022
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An App that pulls out articles, news, scientific studies, debates or success stories around assumptions that you wholeheartedly believe in, but might be holding you back.
Assumptions that go unchecked are silent dream killers that limit our horizon and blind us to our potential. When we believe in something long enough, however removed from the truth it might be, it ends up becoming our truth.
"But when you drop your assumptions altogether, your soul stands naked in the open fields of possibility." ― T.K. Coleman
When you assume, you make an ass out of u and me.” Oscar Wilde
How it works
You type in sentences that represent your beliefs/assumptions and the App stores and maintains them.
Few examples of what such statements might look like:
  • “Healthy lifestyle and fitness require investing lots of time and money”
  • “Your degree decides your career prospects”
  • “A subject like Biotechnology cannot be practiced outside the comfort of traditional educational institutions”
  • “Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker”
  • “Evolution is just a theory”
The App then digs out data in the form of articles and publications that challenge your beliefs, and enlists them under your belief as “Worth considering”. Every time valuable information around your belief is published, the App adds it to your to-read list. In due course if the data presented by the App has convinced you to change your belief, you mark it as such, else the App can continue gathering evidence to persuade you otherwise.
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 years ago
From the examples you gave, it seems like you're talking more about false beliefs here rather than assumptions. Assumptions could turn out to be true. An assumption is more like a guess than a belief. What if a person's assumption turned out to be true, would the app collect evidence for both supporting and denying the assumption?
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Aashi Agarwal
Aashi Agarwal2 years ago
Povilas S Yes you are correct. There could be an option where one could ask the App to gather arguments against and in favour of your belief. Then having gone through both sides of the argument one could choose which one they want to side with.
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Darko Savic
Darko Savic2 years ago
This could be combined with the timeline of your beliefs
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Aashi Agarwal
Aashi Agarwal2 years ago
Darko Savic I agree. Especially the part where you have mentioned "Evolution of beliefs". This will help one to appreciate how they have matured and evolved over time.
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