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Re: [atheists-59] A Question of Beliefs

From: Josiah
Sent on: Thursday, May 10, 2007 10:13 AM
Hello all,

Well, this is an interesting way to start my work day. I haven't
thought about those things in a long time so this is going to be very
first draft.

I'm going to paraphrase/restructu­re the question just to clear up my rhetoric.

What do i believe in?

- I believe in what I can sense and what I conclude from that input.
The axiomatic framework that I rely on is a lot more difficult to
explain, and is probably worth at least a book long response.

What is my source of inner strength?

-Where [Strength = Capacity - Needs]

We are robots made of meat. As such we have capacities and needs. This
balance is understood usually via a narrative that we tell ourselves
about ourselves. Things get complicated because what we believe has a
direct effect on what we are capable of and what we need. If there is
any true "inner strength" it is the accuracy and effectiveness of
these stories to tell us what we can do and what we need.

The implied question here is "how do you overcome adversity". When
ever possible (read: on my best days) I overcome adversity through
knowledge and creative problem solving. I have also been known, on
occasion, to use vodka. Lots and lots of vodka. (The second method has
never worked)

(I have very complicated feelings about free will and the nature of
self, if you care to hear them, ask me at the next meet up)

Why am I an atheist?

-Largely because I was raised without religion but with a strong
respect for the scientific method. If you start with the premise that
if something isn't verifiable then its opinion, religion stops making
sense very quickly.

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