A heirarchical or at least associated group of concepts based on untestable propositions or axioms. Such a system is, at heart, unassailable by logic or evidenciary tests. Its success depends on its utility for its maintainers.

Such systems, which may be benign or malignant, often attach to themselves ostensible demonstrations of their truth in the physical world. Observations are interpreted in such a way that they reinforce the axioms.

See: paradigm, Thomas Kuhn, Michael Polanyi

A belief system is an attempt through faith and educated guesses to explain or articulate things about the universe that are not rational and can not be rationally explained.

The sum of your beliefs--both conscious and subconscious. Your reality tunnel--axioms, facts, opinions and assumptions, whether built on things that are mainstream, scientific, wierd, or misremembered.

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