Just something I’ve been considering… this is the first attempt at putting order to it, though it’s not finished or terribly orderly.
A series of propositions:
- The best method for understanding the world is scientific method.
- For things untestable, reasoning and logic is best.
- Being able to win an argument or debate does not equal being correct.
- It is possible that a stupid man has come to a correct conclusion where a brilliant man fails.
- The mind is a product of the brain, body and environment.
- There is no mind/body dualism, the mind is part of the body.
- Our minds process information that we are not conscious of. It makes decisions that we are not conscious of.
- Our minds sometimes produce mental states that confuse us, such as deja vu.
- The feeling of certainty is independent of facts and logic. We may feel certain that we know something but don’t.
- The scientific method cannot test every hypothesis, due to any number of reasons.
- Even if a hypothesis is testable, an individual may be incapable of performing those tests or accessing data.
- Even if an individual was capable of accessing all data and performing all tests to a level of certainty, there would not be enough time to do so for all aspects of his life.
- An individual has to rely on data and/or conclusions generated by others in order to form opinions.
- All humans are capable of error in performing tests and applying scientific methodology.
- Some humans intentionally create false results through any number of means.
- An individual most likely understands any number of theories incorrectly based on an combination of flawed, partial, wrong, or skewed logic and data.
- Even if an individuals facts are complete and accurate they may come to an incorrect conclusion based on personal intellectual limitations to process all data.
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