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Dear Religion

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Dear Religion,

Logic, reason, rationale…  etc.  This train is one that has come and gone for you. If the evidence for evolution is something you deny, and you have chosen a god or gods as a guiding influence in your perception of reality, then your comprehension of reality no longer requires any other substantial reason – other than sheer curiosity.

Why?

(for your curiosity)

Typically, theism comes in a package (generalizing, here):

1) Life is a divine schematic.

2) The mind of God(s), nor the mystery of his/her/the/it/their design is not something you claim to know, or understand, or else, you’d be omniscient as well, and not require religious faith.

3) Therefore, debating evolution or abiogenesis is not a wise move – as, your alternative hypothesis relies on a magical being you cannot understand, comprehend, nor explain – beyond honesty.

4) Furthermore, upon acceptance of the divine plan – your will has been entered into a contract, and is no longer yours unless you void the transaction. In effect, this also compromises any conversation with an empiricist, as they fully understand before you enter the veritable room, that your belief system is built upon the antithesis of the refined scientific aim (aka – “Scientific Method”).

After all, how can you enter a debate on the grounds of reason when you’ve already abandoned it? You’re trying to open an account with no currency to justify its existence.

Science relies on an extremely dense type of comprehension – as, its adherents maintain empirically substantiated evidence to support their worldview.  Whereas, religious faith relies only on the will of the adherent.  It must be nice.   lol

In conclusion, you chose to abandon things like reason, logic, and science.  Any empiricist you debate, relies on a level of knowledge that is bound by tenable and testable confirmations grounded in both personal discovery and a coordinated alignment with scientific comprehension to the extent it can be understood.

Ironically, both paths wind toward attaining some degree of omniscience, but essentially lead in opposite directions.  Theists believe in a bridge of understanding reality, while empiricists build theirs.

Now, I have some questions of my own:

-Why worry about what others believe if it is all part of a predetermined plan – a destiny?  

…And, if you believe that your preach/dissent is part of that plan, then:

-If your god does not want to interfere with free will, why has he/she..etc. sent you to tamper with it?
(I assume that is the self-less version of your motive to debate, and/or “spread the word”)

It would be far easier to change my mind (or that of other empiricists) if your god(s) simply …showed up – And, not through you, either.  I see the same stuff you’re made of when I look into a mirror.  lol

 

Sincerely,

Concerned Citizen

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Fear, Hope, and God

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Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God? What The hell is that?

“When I was a child, I played as a child and spoke as a child. Now that I am a man I have put away childish things.”

Jesus

Believing in a god as an adult is not a childish act. If you ask me – it is merely an outcome of socialization. It is both a hope and a fear driven act.

The hope is to hold an idea of a much larger picture than what we believe about ourselves, purpose, meaning, and about reality.

The fear is to face the unknown without an omnipotent superhero to back us.

The childishness is pulling apart this toy named “God” in a tugging war with another inquiring mind.

As if either of us know anything.

Really.

We are all navigating the unknown…and, by our own devices.

The real mystery here, is happiness.

Is it not?

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Agnostic Blasphemy

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Make It Small

Do you ever want to change the world?  If so, your broken dreams are, and have been, crushed underfoot while you had been looking to the sky.  You change the world with every atom sent into the atmosphere through exhale.  Today I realized how one small act of kindness can prevent a universal upheaval.

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Earlier today, I suggested in a political forum that spreading good acts is an alternative to counter the negativity we see around us in the world.  Sure – these small acts of humanism may seem small.  It may feel that these small candles  lit by us may only flicker against disillusioned hope.

Naturally, that is a perception perpetuated by how small the individual may feel when contrasted against the vast backdrop of an Earth populated by 7 billion people. The problems that the world faces may seem mountainous in scope.  Size is relative.

If it all seems too big – make it small.

How is this done?

While watching the evening news tonight, I discovered the perfect illustration to demonstrate the “make it small” philosophy…     I turned the channel to CNN, and the cast was discussing the clip below.  This was a “road rage” induced conflict.

Now – imagine how different this scenario could have turned out if the teenagers slowed down and kindly waved the man ahead of them…  No, don’t shrug this off.  If the victim brandishing the handgun would have been pushed further into his fear, into his confusion, into hate…etc…this may have ended in people unnecessarily dying over something that could have been prevented by a person with a different perspective. Beyond picking our fights, the most important fights may be the ones we evade.

The things we say, or don’t say to our boss – our clientele – our brother – our friend – our mate…

The things I say to you – or to me. What we say – what we do. Raw power rolls from our fingertips. Reason unites choice with action. Action unites the individual with raw reality. On the platform of this reality, the self is realized.  Here, you strum the harp of gods.

The things we do on a daily basis pioneer the future. Daily interactions. Inaction in action, and action in inaction. The things we do while operating on autopilot could change everything you thought you knew about reality. Here, we are either rumbled by the world’s reach, or the world shrinks in your shadow…

 

“Make It Small”

5 yr. old Clark Kent : “The world’s too big, mom.”

Martha Kent“Then make it small”

People are powerful beyond measure, but I’m afraid that mine is a voice in the wilderness.  When power becomes immeasurable, it gravitates into the boundary of responsibility…

If there were one, and only one, piece of all my rambling and rhetoric I could pass onto the people that have ever enjoyed my work – it would be this one.  This is a point I have made time and time again, through various method and means.  Take all this combined media and make it yours.  “Make it Small” is actually cut from Nietzsche’s philosophy.  I have only dissected the finest point.   “Size is Relative” – well, that’s Einstein.  All else tumbles through the fine tones and enhanced vision of my perception.

….and only we stand in our way.

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The Relative Variable III: Exploring the Nature of Knowledge

Fore note – This blog is part of a working series:

Relative Variable I

Relative Variable II

The feedback on this modal has pointed at the necessity of explaining it in simple terms and values. So, here it goes:

Relative Variable Dynamic

1) The IHK section represents the core of all human knowledge. That is, all knowledge first extends from the individual. The IHK field is ultimately representative of subjectivity.

2) The knowledge is then passed on to cumulative human knowledge, or, CHK, when it is agreed upon with another individual. Eventually, if accepted by a society, and furthermore, accepted Trans-culturally, the case in point may be revered as a universally consistent truth. CHK represents objectivity. This is why I would personally like to see objectivity understood as a cumulative subjectivity.

3) Estimated human knowledge (EHK) extends beyond basic comprehension and verifiable measures. Yet, EHK has value in principle. A fine example of EHK is the concept of infinity. It is not easily dismissed, nor is it easily conceived. However, it can be used in philosophical and mathematical fields as a logical underpinning. This particular knowledge field has no need for variable set points because it exists on the fringe of the realism dynamic. That is, it is reaching outward – toward the unknown.

4) Absolute Reality (AR) Represents the unknown, and, by extension – Realism. Every thinking mind on the planet can agree on the fact that there are things we don’t know, or possibly, ever know.

Relativity Dynamic:

I. The Relative Variable – This (refer to arrows on the right side of the model for clarification), in my opinion, is the most important function in this dynamic. The variable set points enable the boundaries of human knowledge to flex as the respective fields of understanding evolve due to either new information, change of belief, and/or perspective(s).

II. The Relative Absolute – In this dynamic, RA is marked by the oval/circular lines. These boundaries are subject to change. Absolute in the moment, but may restructure as respective fields of understanding evolve due to either new information, change of belief, and/or perspective(s).

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…and then…Knowledge was power.

Feedback is appreciated!  Thanks!

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The Relative Variable II – Experimental Understanding

“The words of truth are always paradoxical.”

– Lao Tzu

 

Part I: The Relative Variable

 

 

What is truth?

You may know something to be truth; however, that is not a governing truth.  Rather, it is a truth.  Your ability to understand rests on your own shoulders.  The ability to explain it in simple terms, rests on mine.  This is a path we will have to walk down together.

Truth is God.  The god I believe in, however.  I feel that if truth could be known – so could all that is – or, god.  I cannot give you all truth…anyone who says they can does so in dishonesty.  I can give you an understanding of what I understand to be a rational approach to conceiving a truth.  Through this, you may contemplate the whole.  Or, perhaps nothing will be achieved here.  The understanding is purely experimental.

Think on this – First, know truth to be evolving.  In all reality, it may not change at all, but it is relative to your understanding of it.  Therefore, what a human can know as a truth can only ever be relative to his/her knowledge of it.

How does this work?  For explanation, I draw upon three basic logic modalities.

1) Absolutism

2) Relativism

3) Realism

Absolutism states that truth is absolute and can be fully known.  Relativism states that the truth is only ever relative.  Realism holds that the truth cannot be known.

Traditionally, these have been seen as contradicting schemes – aside from dualism, which combines absolutism and relativism.  If you ask me – this is simply a classic example of a conceptual stone made so heavy that it cannot be lifted.  These models have always been pieces to the same puzzle.  The problem lies within the misunderstanding that these concepts need to function separately.   These conceptual identities have never been applied so that each provide a solution and sustain explanatory properties without exception.

A common misconception about logic modalities is the idea that one model, and one alone, must be chosen and adhered to.  Though, in vulnerable moments of honesty, we will apply all three at different times – for different uses – and, all regardless of former preference.

First – let me redefine these modalities as “components of mental technology.”  Each are equally useful – which, is why they have survived antiquity.

Using the three models, build a complete schematic for truth.  They must all be applied equally and simultaneously – as if to form a large model with dynamic function.

Picture an atom:

Absolute Reality is dualistic in function.  It serves as the unknown absolute – incorporating both realism and absolutism dynamics.  The outer circle represents truth in its entirety.  The inner circles represent the extents of various categories of human knowledge.  The variable set points represent the contact between human knowledge within its own categories and AR – Absolute Reality.

EHK – Estimated human knowledge is for the very brink of scientific discovery.  This would apply to concepts (I.e. mathematical) that are grounded in an undefined dimension.  Subatomic particles and quantum mechanics belong in this region.  EHK borders the edges of the known and simulates abstractions from AR.  It is the cutting edge of science.

The idea simplifies to the point of explaining that human knowledge is absolute, but only in respect to variable dynamics in relation to the outer dimension.  In Absolute Reality, human quantification is limited to a degree that may be infinitely altered, thus obscuring any identity within – as defined by human knowledge.

Simply stated – A truth can only ever be relative to the unknown.  Though, the model can be expanded further displaying inter-dynamics.  The model is a map – a conceptual map.  Human knowledge can be both relative to its other categories and the realism dynamic.

Also, Human Knowledge can be absolute to the extent of established variable set points.

Stating that a ball is round is an absolutist statement within the dimension of human knowledge.  This statement only maintains value within human knowledge dynamics.

How does this apply to your life?  It may take some time, but through comprehension, reflection, and meditation an unparalleled awareness may dawn.  This was how I reached these conclusions, however.  I suggest you take them to meditation.  When approached with sincerity these realizations can humble the greatest scientist and the most devout preacher.  New findings using the scientific method can be plotted according to their certainty.  Most importantly, this is a reminder that we are always toying with infinite possibility, potentiality, and probability.  This opens the imagination and yet specifies boundaries.

Exercises in thought:

Answer each question, by referring to the model schematic and explanation above:

Consider – If reality is merely based on agreed upon conclusions, then, imagine, if you will, that the conditions are subject to change.

i) What certainty is possible then?

ii) Is every certainty possible?

iii) If so, what factors serve as contributive to sculpting out the finality?

iv) How is, then, said finality narrowed down to its actual conclusion?

 

Epistemological application:  How can you know a thing to be true?

 

The actual test will be explaining realizations (if any) to a friend.  Your ability to communicate it will demonstrate your comprehension – as this writing is a test for me.

Defining truth with a tone of both humility and honesty should be a reality now.  Why is that important?  This question is solely your quest.  Meditate on this.  Use the model schematic.  The task is to reach a deeper level of awareness concerning the nature of both knowledge and reality.

 

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Shaman

A Native American shaman trots in tradition around a smoldering fire pit.  His eyes glint, and the wrinkles in his weathered face deepen as if guarding the very secrets of time.  The man chants formulas passed on to him from ancient tongues.  His hand reaches up and pulls at the sky.  His arm then rapidly whips down to the fire-less pit.  His hand delivers lightning from the sky and a fire rages up upon his touch.  This above is based on the character of a famous medicine man my parents knew.  According to them, and many others, such accounts are factual.  More powerful than lightning, a shaman can control belief.

In every culture there are representations of shamanic ritual, tradition, and practice.  In every culture there are representations of shamanic leadership.  In more primitive cultures, these figures are often spoken of as witch doctors, healers, among other titles shrouded in mystery.  Currently, there is a vast ocean of role models to choose from.  Typically, shamanic positions represent tangible connection with deeply intangible lines of logic.  It was a person granted with a shamanic role that once ascribed gods to natural phenomena.  Shamanic practice is the mother of ritual and superstition, yet has traditionally provided cohesion within communities through carrying hope and belief with it.

Naturally, the various roles of the shaman, along with mankind, have evolved.  Some shamans wear animal relics, others, a simple, understated, shirt and tie.  Some draw symbols in the sand, others draw from allegorical metaphor.  The role of the shaman, has always stood, as if in marriage, along the leadership dynamic in a group or society – if not the primary component of it.  This is the finding of trans cultural analysis.  Despite the apparent confusion of the idea, people, not need, but should have, great ideals and the mysticism of the unknown driving and furthering their intention.  Yet, mysterious inspirations should never be held as truths themselves – else, they be as ever changing as the particles beneath the fine structure of matter itself.  The authority of the shaman commands, and speaks for, belief.  This kind of prowess could cage or free a people.  That is the power it possesses.  Belief can wield the destruction of human kind.  However, inspiration, is born of the same branch.  Reason has not always rescued us, but it gains promise.

Inspiring ideas fill our intellect.  Reasoning filters it.  This is our compass – and, the only one we’ve ever known.  This compass does not point to true North, but truth itself.  Bruce Lee’s studies in philosophy are barely known, but highly useful here.  More than a chiseled martial arts master, he, as all masters of discipline, was a philosopher.  Lee spoke of two ends of a person – one, he called the “mechanical man,” the other he coined “the unscientific man.”  On one end, man is not much more than a series of conditioning, or, rote memorization.  His individuality, nonexistent.  In conflict, “the unscientific man” is the apparatus of imagining.  When creativity is taken to the extreme, any information it derives can become independent of empirical identity.  Yet, when these social behaviors are tuned in balance, each builds and connects the other.  The result is a symphony of a very evolutionary nature.  Science needs imagination to expand its empire – and imagination is meaningless without the structural identities of science.

The two human constructs gallop in tandem.  Each create the other’s design.  In realms of dreams, the shaman has served society on many levels.  Yet, the role, or – the archetypal schema, must always be represented by symbols, beings, or ideas.  In modern culture, ancient shamanic masks evaporate as society’s awareness of other cultural ideologies grows.  Like the species of its origin, the shamanic roles evolves with time.  Today, it seems, these cultural icons appear before us as magicians, scientists, rebels, charismatic, ominous, or, the most common role played – sacred.  In modern civilization, communities have been replaced by mobs.  The role of the caring shaman has been abandoned amidst the chaos.  So, who will save us from our very human insanity now that the shamans are fading mirages in the distance?  We ultimately write our own truths.  I write mine with the golden realizations those before me have found and left behind.  In poetry, art, music, film, philosophy, writing, etc… I feel that I can gauge truth for myself.  When the sparks of enlightenment are spoken by another, they are only ever recognized by one’s own measure.  The catalyzing charge released by the very seeds of our ideas is, and always has been, the magic of the shaman.  With this push from our cumulative genius, human consciousness expands into the unknown as the universe itself.

Trudge on…

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