They are hands down better than assumptions. I normally don't tolerate many of my own personal beliefs for long. Like in a game of pool : every move anyone makes changes the entire playing field. I have taken to interrogating my beliefs every 9 hours or so. Part to sleep good and part to keep from being an asshat in my beliefs. One of the red flags I'm looking for is confirmation bias. Folks with chronic cases of C.B. tie the world up in knots...and I don't wanna be one of them yuk yuk.