October 3, 2008

Is it an illusion that reason and Western liberalism will win out over fanaticism? Truth or Lie?

Posted in 911, America, belief, capitalism, decision making, democrats, faith, fanaticism, lie of the day, modernity, philosophy, Politics, progress, Religion, Republicans, societies, winning, World tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:38 pm by jimwilbur

Even when I take off the illusionary blinders of my culture, no real reason becomes visible that can explain why reason should prevail over fanaticism or why fanaticism should be thought of as culturally backward and something that will disappear over time.

Instead, I see myself as having been blinded by a cultural myth, blinded to the fact that the law of the jungle is very possibly stronger than reason and modernity and may win out in the long run.

What do you think?

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September 22, 2008

Because its in print, because the majority believes it is so…

Posted in belief, faith, Humor, lie of the day, life, philosophy, progress, science, trust tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:31 pm by keithwilbur

I’m wondering how many people think that if something is published or recorded either in a book, a newspaper or magazine, shown in a video, broadcast on radio, ( written in a blog [smile] ) or broadcast on television – I wonder, do they think that there is somehow more truth to it?  

Do you believe news on television is more reliable in the area of truth than say the spoken word?

Do you think if a book is really old that it is somehow more true than a newer book, especially relating to religious beliefs?

Say you read a story in the newspaper and then hear the same story on TV but the story’s are a bit different, say some guy is accused of hit and run on TV but the newspaper accused the mans wife? Which do believe?

Say someone tells you a book they have read is the gospel truth or say someone tells you it is the word of God, will you believe them? Do you ever wonder how it is that they would know this as fact?

Do you think if more people believe something that that somehow makes what they believe more true, i.e. that the majority is somehow more right?

Remember at one time everyone thought the world was flat and it was only one man who said it was round. Now, you would be thought of as an idiot if you really thought the world was flat. Yet how do you know that many hundreds of years from now, people might not disprove and find laughable some belief everyone now-a-days currently believes to be true? Or, is it possible that people in the future will be the deluded ones, in which case, are you really sure the world is round?

How do you determine for yourself, what you think truth is?

September 16, 2008

Is it possible to know the meaning of life? truth or lie?

Posted in Humor, life, meaning of life, philosophy, Professor Obvious, satire tagged , , , , , at 2:48 pm by jimwilbur

WASU – A Frank Lecture by Professor Obvious: 
The meaning of life is exactly that which you ascribe to it. Likewise the meaning that you do not ascribe to life is exactly the meaning life will not have for you. 
People who want a great deal of meaning in life should do a great deal of ascribing to everything they recognize about their life that can be ascribed to. They should keep doing this every day. They will then find their lives full of meaning.
People who want to successfully question the meaning of their lives should simply as a first step, remove all previously ascribed meanings they recognize until all ascribed and recognized meaning is gone. Second, they should meditate on further possible repressed meaning which parenthetically  ( they are sure to find ) then remove those meanings and repeat ad infinitum. Eventually, their life will seem as meaningless as they want it too.
At this point, one might rightly ask, What is the purpose of meaning? To this I might say it is the essence of an object and that if the term itself were to have no essence then it would render the term useless. Then again, remember – people are not terms.
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