Re: [atheists-55] What Does This Mean?
Sunday, February 21, 2010 11:31 AM
|There is no reality...there is only perception.|
--- On Sun, 2/21/10, Norm <[address removed]> wrote:
From: Norm <[address removed]>
Subject: [atheists-55] What Does This Mean?
To: [address removed]
Date: Sunday, February 21, 2010, 11:09 AM
"This is is from personal experience and, not from some some non-deity belief system."
Generalizing based on one's experience is the bases of most belief systems. Combine that with fallible perception, one shouldn't think that their conclusion is accurate just because it was their perception at the time. Nightclubs that have an outdoor venue often are quiet before the crowds arrive. This is a reality and be proven easily. Being too loud at these venues on occasion can also be proven. But such a generalization can not. Not using the quiet time of spacious nightclubs limits our selection of possible venues. I stongly suspect that a form of prejudice creeps into one's conclusions when it goes against their conservative upbringing, such as "all nightclubs are bad at
all times". This is a conservative belief system as inaccurate as Jesus Christ being the son of some god. The world is not flat; a Christian or Muslim God doesn't exist and not all nightclubs are always too noisy despite what one's belief systems may dictate.
Everyone is inundated with belief systems regardless of a deity belief. If one is going to question a belief in a deity, they should also question other belief systems, such as one's that are based on a generalization of personal experiences. Are we going to deny the conclusion of Global Warming because we had a record snowfall locally? Of course not, increase moisture in the air is a result of melting glacials. Melted snow is as likely to raise sea level as rain.
Bottom line, I know that you are partially correct, but I also know that your generalization is incorrect. Thus I stated "for the sake of accuracy". I support the Separation of Church and State, but I don't
support belief systems of any form, particularly, since we have enough knowledge of the world around us to base our behavior on knowledge instead of belief systems.
That being said. I offer suggestions as suggestions, but an accurate evaluation of those suggestions is more conducive to making an appropriate selection.
Respond as you will. For the sake of the group, this thread is closed from any further comments from me. I will, however, entertain private email on this matter if one wants to explore further the concept of belief vs reality.
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