BaruchNot math and physical science ...Sat Jul 7, 2012 11:16188.8.131.52but metaphysics. I have posted a lot on metaphysics, both my own and Youtube. But no comments.
1. Ockham's Razor - make no more assumptions than necessary
2. Personal experience is the only criteria
So based on #1, there are exactly zero gods or only one god. I don't see the need for more than one ... that would be giving primacy to dualism or pluralism (there are two or more ultimate truths). For me there is only one ultimate truth, though it might come in many forms, or one might take many views of it. Based on #2, I see no reason to base my truth on the past or the future, since I don't live there, but only in the present. And I don't have any direct experience of long term evolution or of atoms. Those things are inferred from more or less sketchy evidence. I am a person, not an atom. While I have some extra-ordinary experiences, this is mostly based on interpretation, so it wouldn't do to make it axiomatic. Euclid did enough with ordinary lines, he didn't need extra-ordinary lines (say lines of perspective). So I base everything I believe in, not on pie in the sky (faith), but on immediate ordinary experience. Now to modern folks this ordinary experience doesn't have any mystery to it, like it did for our ancestors. What may have been true of our ancestors, what is that to me? It is only meaningful if I can bring that experience into the present, into my own experience. So that is what I do ... I live in an enchanted world, a supernatural world of the ordinary. Don't need any Biblical miracles at all for what I believe in. For Carl Sagan, it was a demon infested world, this world of our ancestors, but for me the humans are those demons, and being one of them myself, demons aren't all that bad I can tell you. At least they aren't as stuck up as those angels are ;-)
- And for a god or gods assumption???? (nm) Kasey, Sat Jul 7 09:09
- Not math and physical science ... Baruch, Sat Jul 7 11:16