Bab as Basic Unit of a Creditive Process

In order to describe the aspects of the process of believing and build a model for it, we need to identify its basic units. A bab is such a unit. It refers to emotionally shaped propositions, or propositionally loaded and infected emotions that are indispensable to describing a process of believing.


In all likelihood, a single bab does not by itself make a believing process. Doing so will require an ensemble of different babs. This ensemble might be called a bab- configuration. This configuration might be similar to what is better known as a mindset. The different babs in a bab-configuration can be thought of as interconnected. A bab-configuration is thus a structure that is modifiable but also somehow stabilized (Runehov and Angel 2013).

But let us not forget that most of the time, processes of believing occur below conscious awareness. Thus we need to include reference to the subliminal aspects of the process, and should better speak in terms of bab-blob-configurations instead of bab-configurations. We suggest that placebo (Meibner, this volume) and nocebo effects are clear examples of a subliminal, non-conscious believing process. Also, the non-conscious existence of an exaggerated hygienic “worriedness” might function as a blob in a bab-configuration. The babs and blobs in a bab-blob-configuration are interconnected. Those interconnections are relevant for different functions.

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