My book on the shelf

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Teleological (April 13, 2010, 16:00:44 PM):
Lol, don't get all emo please :P. Mind you, I might just be inclined to feel and react in the same the same way about my belief that our reality exists because of reason.
But hey, some people say they don't have beliefs, I say good luck believing themselves ;D.
Julian (April 13, 2010, 16:07:11 PM):
Looks interesting. I wonder if the author has the courage to doubt (of course understand as well) his current atheistic metaphysical assumptions and beliefs whatever they are. In the spirit of healthy skepticism of course.


Sorry if I'm splitting hairs but shouldn't that be "current naturalistic metaphysical assumptions", since atheism isn't a worldview but non-acceptance of a particular proposition.

Either way, I think us skeptics should be willing to acknowledge/explore the assumptions underlying our worldview. Going as far as doubting them - that may make it impossible to function.

Oh, by the way, congrats Steve :)
Teleological (April 13, 2010, 16:28:57 PM):
Looks interesting. I wonder if the author has the courage to doubt (of course understand as well) his current atheistic metaphysical assumptions and beliefs whatever they are. In the spirit of healthy skepticism of course.


Sorry if I'm splitting hairs but shouldn't that be "current naturalistic metaphysical assumptions", since atheism isn't a worldview but non-acceptance of a particular proposition.

Oh, by the way, congrats Steve :)
The author said he is an atheist. He did not say he was a naturalist, materialist, dualist, panpsychist or any else in particular. Just an atheist.

Either way, I think us skeptics should be willing to acknowledge/explore the assumptions underlying our worldview. Going as far as doubting them - that may make it impossible to function.
I think that is exactly the point the author is trying to make. He had the courage to doubt his beliefs that in a way made it possible for him to function, yet he still doubted them. And in his view, his courage to doubt these beliefs lead him to right a book that he feels should help others who are in a similar situation. Maybe you will also have the courage to doubt your beliefs one day? Get the book man, learn what courage is ;D.
GCG (April 13, 2010, 16:33:21 PM):
Lol, don't get all emo please

hmmm. obviously waaaay to old to know what emo means.
Julian (April 13, 2010, 18:05:13 PM):
Looks interesting. I wonder if the author has the courage to doubt (of course understand as well) his current atheistic metaphysical assumptions and beliefs whatever they are. In the spirit of healthy skepticism of course.


Sorry if I'm splitting hairs but shouldn't that be "current naturalistic metaphysical assumptions", since atheism isn't a worldview but non-acceptance of a particular proposition.

Oh, by the way, congrats Steve :)
The author said he is an atheist. He did not say he was a naturalist, materialist, dualist, panpsychist or any else in particular. Just an atheist.
True, but my point was more about whether the assumptions underly the lack of belief itself (atheism), or whether the assumptions underly the worldview (naturalism, materialism etc.) that leads to that lack of belief. Again if that is too much hairsplitting for a thread about a book being on a shelf - apologies :)
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Either way, I think us skeptics should be willing to acknowledge/explore the assumptions underlying our worldview. Going as far as doubting them - that may make it impossible to function.
I think that is exactly the point the author is trying to make. He had the courage to doubt his beliefs that in a way made it possible for him to function, yet he still doubted them. And in his view, his courage to doubt these beliefs lead him to right a book that he feels should help others who are in a similar situation. Maybe you will also have the courage to doubt your beliefs one day? Get the book man, learn what courage is ;D.
Theistic beliefs may help you to function in some or other way, but I think that's very different from naturalistic assumptions that we all share and that allow us to function at the most basic level. ie. If you were to abandon the assumption that there is an actual reality out there and adopt the belief that all your sensory experiences were hallucinations planted in your head by aliens, it might make it difficult for you to eat, drink, find shelter etc.

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