How can people believe things that are obviously untrue? Well, I can demonstrate it to you.
Everybody knows that people have five senses: sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell.
Except that this is obviously untrue. Like, so obviously untrue that I can easily prove it to you in this post.
Have you ever experienced an emotion? How did you know? How did you know what emotion you were experiencing? How do you know if you’re sad or angry? It isn’t any of those five senses.
Hold out your hand in the air, touching nothing. Close your eyes and ask yourself, “Where is my hand?” Don’t do it by memory, just sense where your hand is.
Have you ever been hungry? How did you know?
How awake do you feel right now? How do you know that?
Now if you want to understand why people believe things that are obviously untrue, ask yourself—if you ever believed that people have only five senses, why did you believe that? How did you get the idea in the first place?
Sort of an interesting exercise; hopefully it helps you understand other people who you had a hard time understanding, before.