Originally posted by @dj2becker
In past exchanges with FMF, he has claimed that he cannot choose to believe in something if he doesn't find it credible.
Yes, we have discussed this at length and in depth ~ and repeatedly too. It will be interesting to see how you get on when discussing it with other people.
A slight but significant correction/clarification to your OP, if I may: What I have claimed, as you already know - specifically - is that I cannot choose to believe in something connected to supernatural phenomena or supernatural beings
if I don't find them credible.
As I have explained to you on several occasions, I think that belief in supernatural things comes by something more akin a process of realization - perhaps by way of a 'gut feeling' - rather than a conscious decision or choice.
I cannot, for example, just choose to believe in the Hindu gods ~ even if a Hindu were to give me evidence that supported their religious faith.
And you will remember us discussing this as well: what I believe I can make conscious choices about are what information [claims regarding supernatural things] I expose myself to or things like how long I choose to expose myself to them.
I personally think this is psychologically true for all people and not just me, regardless of what claims they make to the contrary. It will be interesting to see how your discussion with people goes.