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Doubt is a result of having in the mind more than one models applicable
to the current situation. Some of our brain models are built-in
from birth, or develop in a short time after the birth. We can hypothesize
that such models tend to be applicable in a unique way, so they do not
invoke doubt. Other models develop in the process of life and are determined
by our experience. It may well be that at different times two or more
non-verbal models were developed which can be applied in the current
situation. We perceive this as doubt. This meaning of the word 'doubt'
is reflected in its etymology. 'Doubt' is, apparently descending from
'double', meaning a double opinion. In the Russian language the word for
doubt is 'somnenie', which breaks down as 'so-mnenie', literally
co-thought, a parallel thought.
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