An Insightful View Into the Loss of Intellectualism and Critical Thinking

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This is a first for me on my blog. Normally I would take an article like the one I’m about to show you and use it as inspiration for my own thoughts, which I would then write about here. In this case, there’s no possible way I could write a better article than David Niose has on what I believe to be the very heart of much of what is wrong in the world today.

Now, having just read those words, please don’t tune out. I know many of you want to only expose yourself to happy, positive thoughts, (not that this article is necessarily negative) but I believe this article is so profound and important that it should be read by everyone. I believe this so much so that I’m reposting it here.

The intended audience is the American public, but I think this relates to just about everyone, everywhere. Anti-inellectualism and lack of critical thinking is pervasive in nearly all cultures and societies globally and is really at the root of much of our human dysfunction. Please feel free to share this with others.

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My Moral Compass is Broken

Which direction is "Good"?

Which direction is “Good”?

If you’re an Atheist, Jesus may love you but his fans aren’t so understanding. Recent comments by  two older, conservative Christian men have been making news. Phil Robertson, from the cable TV show Duck Dynasty is reported to have made some disturbingly violent comments about atheists. As reported by Right Wing Watch, Robertson was giving a speech at the Vero Beach Prayer Breakfast when he said the following:

“I’ll make a bet with you, two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?’”

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The Pursuit of Knowledge

Can you know what you don't know?

Can you know what you don’t know?

I realized after I finished my article on Agnosticism that I still had much more to say on the subject. And when an idea gets into my head, sometimes the only way to make it stop swirling around my brain, bumping into things and making a complete mess is to let it out to play. So if you enjoy philosophical discussions, debates, arguments, screaming matches or whatever you do, feel free to continue reading and let me know what you think (Please! I really want feedback on my blog.) If this topic is a bit too heavy for you, feel free to read my articles “Put on a happy face” or “5 Things that are better than stepping on a cat”. They are light and airy and just a bit silly. No deep thinking there.

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An Argument for Agnosticism

Spin the wheel and win a prize

Spin the wheel and win a prize

Ok, so if you’ve read my other posts you’ve probably decided I have a somewhat liberal view of the world. In my curious and inquisitive approach to life I have searched for answers that probably will never come. I’ve explored numerous religions and philosophies, from Christianity to Buddhism and from Socrates to Nietzsche. I’ve picked up bits of what I consider to be wisdom from all sorts of places. I like to collect the thoughts of others to remind me of all the little lessons in life. Mark Twain, Bertrand Russell, Carl Sagan… they all have contributed to my growing understanding of the world in which we live. And as I grow older I become more convinced that my pursuit of knowledge will never yield “The Answer”. I now firmly believe that human beings cannot, will not ever understand with any certainty the wholeness of life. Our greatest minds, Newton, Einstein, Hawking, Tesla and others have scratched small etchings on the surface of the great mystery but our poor amazing brains simply cannot conceive what the cosmos displays before us with such candor. We can speculate and postulate and observe and measure and test and retest and in the end if we are truly honest, we can only be left with the humble realization that we know almost nothing. And that is now why I consider myself Agnostic.

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