I've been reading into EvoPsych of late and some things have occurred to me I'd like to discuss. They mostly concern the role of individuating from the pack as a prime motivator in our personal and collective evolutionary tracts. At the point in our develop as a species we are at, I do tend to think that it's individuality sets us apart from the rest of the animals.Self-awareness seems to be the ultimate aspect of individuation, and what surely has led us to make the evolutionary advancements…See More
"What's up, Doc?
My question is; what do we call the unforeseeable? Surely it need not be anything deific or fantastical, but what is a prediction when you're downwind of it? Surely mysticism points to truths, if we learn not to…"
"In a lot of respects I have to wonder; why bother trying to teach these people anything in the first place? Who really gives a shit about winning an argument with them? They're steeped in fallacy and quite frankly you cannot prove…"
"It smacks of desperation... you know what the evangelist types are like. I'm sure they think they're saving their souls, but really they should be saving their pennies; unfortunate that they love putting their two cents in so…"
"Whether or not #1 and #2 are applicable, #3 is the operative one. If you're not willing to spend the time giving constructive criticism, then your criticism isn't particularly valuable.
Plus, you're implying that…"
"I was wondering... what, in your mind, qualifies people as a "non-theist"? It's a strange, almost precarious term, as it implies much but says little. What does a man of science, as yourself, have to say about such things?"
Hmmm. Yes, indeed almost 'precarious' perhaps.
After all, it was the theists who invented the word 'theist' and then 'non-theist' and 'atheist'--and it has been christian theists who have been writing the dictionaries of the last centuries.
I have wondered for some time what changes would result if someone like me or you or Christopher Hitchens etc. were allowed to define some key dictionary words used by atheists.
Words like non-theist and atheist, as used by theists, are used to imply a situation of being against theism. But rather we are surely pro-rationality, pro-reason, pro-logic---and it is because of all that, plus the ultimate in applying common sense, it turns out that we aspire to intellectual reality and honesty instead of the unscientific faiths founded by illiterate Bronze Age goat herders and desert camel drivers. I am now thinking that this has the makings of a worthy topic for discussion.