Intellectual Honesty

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“I don’t know” is the most dignified answer in response to questions regarding that which we don’t know. Questions such as, “how was the world created”, “is there an afterlife” and so on.

So too is the answer “probably not” sufficiently dignified in response to questions regarding the highly improbable. Questions such as “is there a man with flying reindeer at the north pole” and “did the force responsible for the universe also write a book allocating a piece of land, and suspend physics to split a sea, for a particular group of humans”.

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Humanity

e05a5527e0b416c53c47620c731f931cIf you need religion in order to be a good person, you’re not a good person.

 

Aspiration

12459375745_59f83701fe_bIf you believe God designed this world to be a difficult precursor to a messianic time devoid of struggle, you’re unable to conceive of, and therein hold humanity back from, creating for each other circumstances far better than those we have thus far.

 

Nature

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My Truth

2012-11-03 Being Curious 02If you consider truth to be subjective, how then does it differ from opinion, and what term would you use to express objective truth?

Words are arbitrary sounds to which we collectively assign specific meanings to facilitate communication. If two words adequately express a distinction between two concepts, by conflating their meanings you negate the purpose of language.

Credibility

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As I am confident the likes of ghosts, reincarnation and horoscopes are nonsense, I am confident evolution is real and that man made climate change is a problem, if for no other reason than that the only people denying these claims, just so happen to be the same people who believe in things like talking snakes and that a new set of physical laws were devised just to aid a group of fleeing slaves cross a river.