Re: [humanism-174] What Is Freethought?

From: Mark T.
Sent on: Sunday, November 18, 2007 12:02 AM
...and also based on the rational, evidence-supported speculations of others. All things considered, the definition of freethinker that heads our blog pretty much says it all!
 
So theoretically, one might be an Atheist but not a Freethinker. If, say, one goes around simply parroting Dawkins or Hitchens, etc... or parroting what their atheistic parents taught them, without any rational inquiry on the matter, would they still be considered a Freethinker?

On Nov 17,[masked]:21 PM, Mark Tiborsky <[address removed]> wrote:
Freethought, to me, means that my perceptions of the universe, and the formulation of my beliefs of what is real and what is not real, are based not on any pre-conceived set of notions, but on my own observations of the universe and reality, and on the tangible evidence put forth by the observations of others. 

On Nov 17,[masked]:37 PM, Michael <[address removed]> wrote:
Hello, everybody.  This is something I've been wanting to ask for a while.  How do we define freethinking as individuals?  How do you, personally, define freethought?  What does freethinking mean to you?

I would like to see everyone active in our group respond to this, and I will be posting an essay of my own opinion on our blog on Monday. 

I would like to know what you think when the word freethinker flashes through your cerebellum, and how you relate that identity to your life.

I look forward to your responses

Michael


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