Believing in what has more of a chance of being true is what isn't stupid given available facts.
...and if my Brain was in another's body I would still consider myself me to a certain extent. Although then we're playing with the definition of self, which is a huge debate in itself. You could say the other person had a higher level of testosterone for example, which would alter my behavior and thus my personality as compared to the way it was.
You see, I respect you for challenging my beliefs (which are young and constantly changing and hardly firmly held, militant.) I suppose my thoughts concerning this topic are more theories which appeal to me, than 'beliefs' (if that word is to be the source of much of this debating.)
I disagree with you though:
'What has more of a chance of being true'- okay, QUOTE me the odds on this one. You are so sure of yourself, and so convicted that your opinion has 'more of a chance of being true'- back this up please.
The celestial teapot thing is not as relevant an argument as you make it out to be, but I agree that I could not disprove your belief- and (more importantly) NOR WOULD I TRY TO!
However, seeming as you're a man who claims to be such a 'fact-based' character, can you honestly liken the belief in an orbiting tea-pot, held by ONE hypothetical individual, to the firmly held, time-enduring faiths and philosophies, in the existence of SOMETHING, ANYTHING more than psychological and biological processes being the soul causes of our life on this planet?
You seem to be convinced that we (well, I don't know how many people share the exact same views as me, which I've not really detailed completely here anyway, so I'll use 'I' for arguments sake) I am the one with some detailed concept of something totally unrealistic as part of my explanation of our existence. This is actually not true! I totally reject the idea of a soul, based on logic
, as I have mentioned; yet I vaguely believe in spirits, without having any idea of the actual specifics or form a spirit might take. All I know is that there have been an awful lot of cases, wherein strange occurences have happened, seemingly down to spirits; spiritual forces; and spiritual energy (some, admittedly hoaxes and fantasies, yet others, less likely so) and you have effectively nothing to disprove that!! I am not denying the existence of psychological and biological processes, they can be proved, and are, I am sure, a major part of our living! Yet their existence and influence is not totally incompatable with the existence of a spirit: the whole point of a spirit, is that it is not as easily seen or understood as the body or mind.
If we didn't know where or what the brain was, would you deny the existence of thoughts as well?