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With the amazing world of science facts, all one after another disproving gods and religions; we need to stop asking whether believing in gods or religion is rational, and instead start asking how strongly holding onto religious belief is even cognitively possible.
What makes some believed Truth actually True?
To me truth is a value judgment we place on what we think or believe is is evidence. Therefore, the rational imperative on us is to demonstrate that the proposed evidence or reasoned assumption is actually of a high epistemic standard with as much valid and reliable reason and evidence as possible from a credible source as possible which then makes some believed “Truth” actually worthy to be seen as Epistemologically True thus a “justified true belief”.
Broadly, epistemic means “relating to knowledge (itself) or to the degree of its validation” and epistemological means ” critical study of knowledge, validity, methods, as well as limits to knowledge and the study or theory of various aspects of or involved in knowledge”.
There is much philosophical debate about knowledge. However, for the sake of most arguments, I’m fine working from the definition of “justified true beliefs”. But I always do so tentatively as problems could come up (the Gettier problem, etc.).
Therefore, I follow the standard in philosophy Justified True Beliefs = knowledge and when such knowledge reaches a high or the highest epistemic standard it can be dubbed epistemically certain.
To established justification I use the philosophy called Reliabilism.
Reliabilism is a general approach to epistemology that emphasizes the truth-conduciveness of a belief-forming process, method, or other epistemologically relevant factor. The reliability theme appears both in theories of knowledge and theories of justification.
For the true part I use the philosophy called The Correspondence Theory of Truth.
The correspondence theory of truth states that the truth or falsity of a statement is determined only by how it relates to the world and whether it accurately describes (i.e., corresponds with) that world.
For the beliefs part I use what philosophy calls The Ethics of Belief.
The “ethics of belief” refers to a cluster of questions at the intersection of epistemology, philosophy of mind, psychology, and ethics. The central question in the debate is whether there are norms of some sort governing our habits of belief-formation, belief-maintenance, and belief-relinquishment. Is it ever or always morally wrong (or epistemically irrational, or imprudent) to hold a belief on insufficient evidence? Is it ever or always morally right (or epistemically rational, or prudent) to believe on the basis of sufficient evidence, or to withhold belief in the perceived absence of it? Is it ever or always obligatory to seek out all available epistemic evidence for a belief? Are there some ways of obtaining evidence that are themselves immoral or imprudent?
HISTORIC DISCOVERY: Physicists ‘PROVE’ God DIDN’T create the Universe: http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/612340/Origin-of-the-universe-riddle-solved-by-Canadian-physicists-and-er-it-wasn-t-God
Oldest Known Planet: 13 billion years old. The ancient planet is more than twice as old as Earth and a mere billion years younger than the estimated age of the universe. Its discovery, made using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, is evidence that planets began forming soon after the big bang and may be very abundant in our galaxy. http://
We are evolution and not some special creation. It is a flaw in reasoning to think that we evolved naturally and then somehow magically got some supernatural soul. In fact the chimpanzee and human genomes are more than 98% identical, but there are a few short DNA sequences that have changed significantly in humans since the two species diverged about 5 million years ago. Most of the big differences between human and chimpanzee DNA lie in regions that do not code for genes, according to a new study. Instead, they may contain DNA sequences that control how gene-coding regions are activated and read. http://
Science shows a involved, intelligent, and caring god as ridiculous when you look at the history of life on the Earth which has witnessed five mass extinctions of species as a result of natural calamities. Where 90 to 99 percent of species ever existing on the planet have already become extinct and the fifth one – the most renowned extinction – hit 65 million years ago, simply death and destruction reigns on land and at sea. To highlight this fact is, about 70 plant and animal species become extinct every day, which makes about 3 species per hour and where is any intelligence or caring design in all that? http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/08/040816001443.htm
Archaeological evidence debunks the beliefs that holy books are historic. Such as how archaeological evidence contradicts all four stories that make up the foundations of the bible; and show the bible was written, re-written, edited, and redacted for the purposes of propaganda. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/12/24/1265119/-How-Archaeology-Disproves-Biblical-History#
Worlds Oldest Art “rock carvings” at least 290,000 Years Ago – Auditorium Cave, Bhimbetka, and Daraki-Chattan (rock shelters) (India), have what could possibly be some of the oldest art that involves a series of petroglyphs “rock carvings” such as cupules or cup marks and linear grooves made with pointed stone tool, which at least demonstrates a abstract almost ritual intentionality (the power of minds to represent things) even if their meaning is in question.
The story of Sasha Eliasson, the man who died twice last year—and lived to tell the world about it. The first time he died, Eliasson was left with no vital signs after the damage from a terrible motorcycle accident caused his body to shut down. His second death was during surgery several months later. Both of the clinical deaths lasted about two minutes time before doctors revived him. Eliasson explains why we shouldn’t worry about god after all, “Death is death. Once you’re dead, that’s it. It’s over.” http://firsttoknow.com/the-man-who-died-twice/?utm_source=facebookpage
Disabling parts of the brain with magnets can weaken faith in god and change attitudes of biogtry against people, study finds: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/news/brain-magnets-decrease-faith-in-god-religion-immigrants-a6695291.html What is also intersting is how the same part of the brain encourages religious belief and prejudice.
Is Your Religion a Cult? Of Course It Is! http://www.tvnewslies.org/tvnl/index.php/editorial/jesse-richards-commentary/21286-is-your-religion-a-cult-of-course-it-is.html
Some say but Damien science ‘facts’ change because science changes based on what it observes. Strive not to be dogmatic about science – absolute claims are dogma no matter your stance. And the ever changing nature of scientific understanding is reason to abstain judgement and not refer to them as facts.
Well, science facts when changed are changed to the new best available science facts. Many scientific theories are so well-established that no new evidence is likely to alter them substantially. For example, no new evidence will demonstrate that the Earth does not orbit around the sun (heliocentric theory), or that living things are not made of cells (cell theory), that matter is not composed of atoms, or that the surface of the Earth is not divided into solid plates that have moved over geological timescales (the theory of plate tectonics). One is not removed from strong stances simply by saying so. Dogmatic freethinking, ie, not allowing conformation of a validated thing as facts, is still dogmatic. It is not wrong to hold a closed view such as a conformation of facts, if it is proven and willing to alter if disproven. So I am fine in saying I have a dogmatic desire for truth built on valid and reliable reason and evidence. Understanding “science” is to grasp that it is not limited to one philosophy view. I value Scientific Realism. http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/scientific-realism/
One of my favorite metaphors for the relationship between reliability is that of the target. Think of the center of the target as the concept that you are trying to measure. Imagine that for each person you are measuring, you are taking a shot at the target. If you measure the concept perfectly for a person, you are hitting the center of the target. If you don’t, you are missing the center. The more you are off for that person, the further you are from the center.
First not understanding the science does not make the bible real.
One way to understand the difference between history and fiction in the Bible is through the Old Testament’s natural division into three parts:
- The world and its nature (Adam to Terah).
- The Israelites and their purpose (Abraham to Moses).
- The Kingdom of Israel and life in Jerusalem (roughly from King David onward).
Even a cursory look reveals a clear and significant pattern. In the first section, characters live many hundreds of years, and in the second, well into their second century. Only in the third section do biblical figures tend to live biologically reasonable lives. For example, Adam, in the first section, lives to the symbolic age of 930, and Noah lives even twenty years longer than that. Abraham, from the second section, lives to be 175, his son Issac to 180, and Jacob “dies young” at the age of 147. But the lifespans from King David onward, in the third section, are in line with generally accepted human biology. Furthermore, historians mostly agree that only the third section represents actual history. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-joel-hoffman/the-bible-isnt-history_b_2803409.html
Dogs evolved from wolves and yet there are still wolves. Recent molecular evidence shows that dogs are descended from the gray wolf, domesticated about 130,000 years ago. But if they all share a common ancestor, why do toy poodles and Great Danes seem to have little in common? Years of selective breeding by humans has resulted in the artificial “evolution” of dogs into many different types. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/01/5/l_015_02.html
And how we know the big bang is real? Gravitational Waves from the Big Bang can be detected for one. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/gravity-waves-cmb-b-mode-polarization/
Ok but Damien, dogs are the same genus, evolution relates all species not just same genus, how about how that relates to human.
Well the genus Homo is mainly modern humans, but ancestral lines includ Homo eructus, Homo habilis, Homo neanderthalensis,Homo denisova, Homo hidelbergensis, Homo floresiensis and others. However, researchers: classify chimps as same genus as humans. Humans and chimps share 99.4% of DNA — genetic code for life — according to a team led by Morris Goodman of the Wayne State University School of Medicine. “We humans appear as only slightly remodeled chimpanzee-like apes,” said Goodman. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, proposes that chimps be added to the genus Homo, currently reserved only for humans. It’s an idea sure to spark renewed debate about evolution and humanity’s relationship with animals. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/…/2003-05-20-chimps_x.htm
While hallucinogens are associated with shamanism, it is alcohol that is associated with paganism.
The Atheist-Humanist-Leftist Revolutionaries Shows in the prehistory series:
Show six: Emergence of hierarchy, sexism, slavery, and the new male god dominance: Paganism 7,000-5,000 years old: related to “Anarchism and Socialism” (Capitalism) (World War 0) Elite and their slaves!
Show eight: Paganism 4,000 years old: Moralistic gods after the rise of Statism and often support Statism/Kings: related to “Anarchism and Socialism” (First Moralistic gods, then the Origin time of Monotheism)
Prehistory: related to “Anarchism and Socialism” the division of labor, power, rights, and recourses: VIDEO
Pre-animism 300,000 years old and animism 100,000 years old: related to “Anarchism and Socialism”: VIDEO
Totemism 50,000 years old: related to “Anarchism and Socialism”: VIDEO
Shamanism 30,000 years old: related to “Anarchism and Socialism”: VIDEO
Paganism 12,000 years old: related to “Anarchism and Socialism” (Pre-Capitalism): VIDEO
Paganism 7,000-5,000 years old: related to “Anarchism and Socialism” (Capitalism) (World War 0) Elite and their slaves: VIEDO
Paganism 5,000 years old: progressed organized religion and the state: related to “Anarchism and Socialism” (Kings and the Rise of the State): VIEDO
Paganism 4,000 years old: related to “Anarchism and Socialism” (First Moralistic gods, then the Origin time of Monotheism): VIEDO
I do not hate simply because I challenge and expose myths or lies any more than others being thought of as loving simply because of the protection and hiding from challenge their favored myths or lies.
The truth is best championed in the sunlight of challenge.
An archaeologist once said to me “Damien religion and culture are very different”
My response, So are you saying that was always that way, such as would you say Native Americans’ cultures are separate from their religions? And do you think it always was the way you believe?
I had said that religion was a cultural product. That is still how I see it and there are other archaeologists that think close to me as well. Gods too are the myths of cultures that did not understand science or the world around them, seeing magic/supernatural everywhere.
I personally think there is a goddess and not enough evidence to support a male god at Çatalhöyük but if there was both a male and female god and goddess then I know the kind of gods they were like Proto-Indo-European mythology.
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Why Does Power Bring Responsibility?
Think, how often is it the powerless that start wars, oppress others, or commit genocide? So, I guess the question is to us all, to ask, how can power not carry responsibility in a humanity concept? I know I see the deep ethical responsibility that if there is power their must be a humanistic responsibility of ethical and empathic stewardship of that power. Will I be brave enough to be kind? Will I possess enough courage to be compassionate? Will my valor reached its height of empathy? I as everyone earns our justified respect by our actions, that are good, ethical, just, protecting, and kind. Do I have enough self-respect to put my love for humanity’s flushing, over being brought down by some of its bad actors? May we all be the ones doing good actions in the world, to help human flourishing.
I create the world I want to live in, striving for flourishing. Which is not a place but a positive potential involvement and promotion; a life of humanist goal precision. To master oneself, also means mastering positive prosocial behaviors needed for human flourishing. I may have lost a god myth as an atheist but I am happy to tell you my friend, it is exactly because of that, leaving the mental terrorizer, god belief that I truly regained my connected ethical as well as kind humanity.
Cory and I will talk about prehistory and theism, addressing the relevance to atheism, anarchism, and socialism.
At the same time of the rise of the male god 7,000 years ago was also the very time there was the rise of violence war, and clans to kingdoms, then empires, then states. It is all connected back to 7,000 years ago and it mover across the world.
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Damien Marie AtHope (Said as “At” “Hope”)/(Autodidact Polymath but not good at math):
Axiological Atheist, Anti-theist, Anti-religionist, Secular Humanist, Rationalist, Writer, Artist, Jeweler, Poet, “autodidact” Philosopher, schooled in Psychology, and “autodidact” Armchair Archaeology/Anthropology/Pre-Historian (Knowledgeable in the range of: 1 million to 5,000/4,000 years ago). I am an anarchist socialist politically. Reasons for or Types of Atheism