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23-02-2015, 05:22 PM
Doubt
There is more nobility in doubt than belief.

Doubt brings questions. It challenges authority.

Belief and obedience to authority brought The Inquisition and The Holocaust.

Challenge authority, challenge the status quo, challenge yourself.

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23-02-2015, 07:38 PM
RE: Doubt
But at what point does doubt become irrational? Is it noble to doubt, for example, that the earth revolves around the sun? Or does the evidence oblige us to belief? Is a belief a bad thing just because it is accepted? Yes, having an open mind is wonderful, but at some point you have to make a decision. Being constantly in doubt in the face of overwhelming evidence isn't noble. Avoiding a stance and clinging to doubt for the the sake of doubt is cowardly.

Be open to evidence and to where the evidence leads. Question everything. But at some point be willing to make a stand.
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23-02-2015, 10:33 PM
RE: Doubt
(23-02-2015 07:38 PM)natachan Wrote:  But at what point does doubt become irrational? Is it noble to doubt, for example, that the earth revolves around the sun? Or does the evidence oblige us to belief? Is a belief a bad thing just because it is accepted? Yes, having an open mind is wonderful, but at some point you have to make a decision. Being constantly in doubt in the face of overwhelming evidence isn't noble. Avoiding a stance and clinging to doubt for the the sake of doubt is cowardly.

Be open to evidence and to where the evidence leads. Question everything. But at some point be willing to make a stand.

How I read into this is that you can still doubt that the Earth is round until you look at the evidence. You can still take a stand on that evidence but you can still have some doubts about it, albeit small ones. In that case, if evidence comes forth that shows what you thought to be wrong, by not losing your skepticism, you can improve your understanding. That is of course IMO.

"If we are honest—and scientists have to be—we must admit that religion is a jumble of false assertions, with no basis in reality.
The very idea of God is a product of the human imagination."
- Paul Dirac
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