Hacking the Root Problem

Keith SewellEpistemology, Leaving Truth2 Comments

Introduction & Dedication Here is a tiny sliver of Titus Lucretius’ epic poem ‘De Rerum Natura’ (‘The Nature of Things’): Fear holds dominion over mortality Only because, seeing in land and sky So much the cause whereof no wise they know, Men think Divinities are working there. Meantime, when once we know from nothing still Nothing can be create, we … Read More

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

Is consciousness easy with a paradigm shift?

Doug FreyburgerEpistemology, Science4 Comments

Atlantic magazine article about consciousness I’ve often discussed that I think human cognition has errors. Science, logic and philosophy are processes that reduce the number of errors but we will never know if there are errors of omission that we will never be able to detect. This article in The Atlantic magazine mentions this in a discussion that a paradigm … Read More

Miracles

Bert BigelowEpistemology22 Comments

Most religions are based on stories of miracles. Those miracles are always performed by a supernatural deity. The Bible is absolutely chock-full of miracles, from the immaculate conception and resurrection, to the water-into-wine trick. But the clincher is that huge bunch of miracles listed in the book of Genesis…about the creation of Heaven and Earth and all the living things … Read More

Objectivity and Leaving Truth

Allan HavinlingEpistemology, Leaving Truth2 Comments

One of the first things I had to grapple with in trying to understand the LT philosophy is how you square what you might call “objectivity” with lack of Truth. Indeed, what would objectivity even mean in this case? To survive as long as I did – as an atheist in a sea of believers, with problems requiring divine intervention … 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

Claims that morality is authored by a creator deity

Doug FreyburgerEpistemology, Ethics, Social Issues1 Comment

I’ve been going through my list of dimensions in religion.  This is what I wrote previously on claims that a creator deity authored morality – “Morality having been designed by the creator and therefore determined by one religion – dependent, not necessary, sufficient. “If deities don’t exist this dimension gets reduced to zero and it is thus dependent. If deities … Read More

Creation deites and resulting claims

Doug FreyburgerEpistemology, ScienceLeave a Comment

It may seem like all religions do or should have creation myths, but some are very different from others. Some religions Hindu view time and the universe as infinite.  Existence simply exists without creation.  Hindu offers multiple origin myths  but they are all starting points for events within the infinite and usually turning points of cycles not something from nothing … Read More