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No.

/Not for me, at least.

"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles." Sun Tzu

by Turambar (sersguenda at hotmail com) on Wed Aug 22nd, 2007 at 07:46:29 AM EST
Do explain.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Wed Aug 22nd, 2007 at 07:49:32 AM EST
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I'm a very skeptic person, probably because I grew up in a truly Christian (American- style) family. I tried many things from which people tend to get "spiritual experiences" or "deeper insights", but I just never had any experience which might be thought of as supernatural, relating to a higher truth or something like that (the only thing coming close to it are drug experiences and being in love). Therefore, I reached a point where I don't believe anything that can't be explained sufficiently. I mean, I still believe that human rights are a good thing, but I'm basing that on being a social animal.
Your theory simply doesn't match my observations. But if there was an all-knowing higher power, I'm sure it would have wanted me to be just like I am. Not that I believe in the invisible sky daddy anymore - or that chunks of matter flying around the solar system can affect our character depending on which moment we're born. Bullshit.
So, I guess that's the story I made up. Something I like to do, I even write novels.

Btw, do you think the objective world is knowable by any means (e.g. Laplace's demon)?

"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles." Sun Tzu

by Turambar (sersguenda at hotmail com) on Wed Aug 22nd, 2007 at 09:14:45 AM EST
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You're not reading the diary I thought I wrote!

I'm not talking about spiritual insights, higher truths or the great sky mother, none of which I believe in. Hardcore materialist, remember?

If you don't believe in things that can't be explained sufficiently you must have some pretty bad problems with gravity. My point was meant to be precisely that sometimes things work even when we don't quite know why and even though there are all sorts of bizarre stories woven around them. Like gravity. I expect we'll eventually work out why they work, but we don't have to suspend belief in the fact of their efficacy because we don't know why they're efficient. Like gravity.

by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Aug 23rd, 2007 at 04:41:28 AM EST
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Sorry, I misinterpreted some things here. As long as you only meant phenomenons (and stories) that come from good evidence instead of shaky evidence created to back up stories, I'm with you.
Btw, gravity is an interesting case. My money is on loop quantum gravity, but I'm really no expert (my father is, though).

"If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles." Sun Tzu
by Turambar (sersguenda at hotmail com) on Fri Aug 24th, 2007 at 04:56:28 AM EST
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Might I know your father?

Can the last politician to go out the revolving door please turn the lights off?
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Sep 1st, 2007 at 06:00:35 PM EST
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Btw, do you think the objective world is knowable by any means (e.g. Laplace's demon)?

Only in so far as we can deduce things about it from our subjective experience of it.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Aug 23rd, 2007 at 04:50:11 AM EST
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