Avoiding the Casaubon Delusion

The Casaubon Delusion

In another article on this site, The Casaubon Delusion, I talk about the lure of totality belief systems. Succumbing to the temptation to adopt such belief systems is the delusion in question. Even if you are one of those people who wish to avoid falling into the toils of the delusion you may find it difficult to do so. Just because the need to believe can be so great, it may be difficult to recognize that one is beginning to adopt a totality belief. It isn't always easy to know that a set of ideas one encounters for the first time is likely to prove an all-embracing belief system. So are there any pointers that might warn one that this is likely to happen? I think there are. Some are in one's own mind, others are in the belief system itself.

Danger signs