Math, truth and the puzzle of physics

Doug FreyburgerCommunication, Epistemology, Science3 Comments

Link to Albert Einstein quote about math As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. One of the ideas taught here is that there is no such thing as absolute truth.  General semantics teaches that all knowledge is provisional. Anyone who … Read More

FFRF advertisement funny

Doug FreyburgerCommunication5 Comments

In a recent Scientific American magazine there was an ad by the Freedom From Religion Foundation that I found funny. “If salvation is the cure, atheism is the prevention”. I often write that atheism is a reaction against Christianity and/or Islam and that the rest of the religions of the world don’t care.  As such their ad is a sound … Read More

Dimension – Existence of the soul

Doug FreyburgerCommunication, Epistemology, Social Issues7 Comments

In my early write up I described this dimension as “Of questionable dependence, not necessary, not sufficient.” “Existence of the soul depends on direct personal observation.  Originally the belief probably came from the observation that the moment of death is often obvious and the difference between a live and a dead body is usually obvious.  The distinction of vegetative life … Read More

Two arms and a head guy

Allan HavinlingCommunication, Epistemology, Leaving Truth4 Comments

There has of late been much content produced on Popper’s Inversion which is close enough to the Leaving Truth philosophy to either be confused with it or seen as a counter-argument. I am referring here to the Doug Freyburger’s first three articles of Oct 2014, and his contributions to the long discussion of the article Religious Belief and the Scientific … Read More

Monotheism and polytheism

Doug FreyburgerCommunication, Social Issues8 Comments

I’ve been discussing the dependent and independent bases of religion about one topic per week.  This time I’ll discuss the number of deity.  For an assortment of reasons there’s less difference between monotheism and polytheism than most theologists claim.  Here’s what I wrote on the topic before – “Single versus multiple deities – Dependent, not necessary, sufficient … “Across the … Read More

The mistakes of biblical literalism and inerrancy

Doug FreyburgerCommunication, Epistemology, Social Issues5 Comments

When I listed the dimensions of religion I listed some dimensions that depended on others and some that don’t, some that are required to be considered a religion and some that don’t.  I already covered issues about the existence of deity in “Still there remain …”.  Here I’ll discuss claims of biblical literalism and inerrancy.  Here’s what I wrote on … Read More

Dimensional bases of religion

Doug FreyburgerCommunication, Epistemology9 Comments

Religion has an assortment of dimensions.  Some are independent others dependent.  Some are necessary some are not.  Some are sufficient some are not.  Discussions of religion often make assertions that are incorrect or irrelevant so maybe a discussion of these bases will help.  This discussion is intended as a starting point for making judgments about the claims of theists and … Read More

Apples to Apples

Allan HavinlingCommunication, Leaving Truth2 Comments

I am taking care of my granddaughter this week while my daughter is taking some time off. The little one is just starting to associate sounds with objects. The more pleasing an object is to her, the more likely it is to have a name other than “bah”. “Apple” is one of those objects with its own name, being called … Read More