Posts tagged "philosophy"

Shameful Ignorance vs. Shameless Ignorance

If those concerned with the integrity of knowledge would learn how to speak up while those who spew out ignorance without care would learn how to shut up the world would be a better place. We are all ignorant of countless things which in itself isn’t bad. It’s reality. There is far too much knowledge... Read more »

Faith is not a virtue, but it can be

Having faith that god was with them didn’t make the Nazis virtuous people. The victims and perpetrators of terrorism both have faith. Having faith that they are doing god’s will doesn’t make Islamic suicide bombers virtuous people. The Catholic Church equating faith with morality makes perfect sense from a political and marketing perspective, but it’s... Read more »

The agnostic philosophy of Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived. He was also a great philosopher. He didn’t believe anyone should be indoctrinated to a specific style of fighting. Treating a specific style as gospel caused crystallization of the mind, making change difficult. One needs to be flexible and have the ability to... Read more »

Blame Genesis, not Plato, for delays in evolutionary science

When fellow biologists read Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species in the 19th century, some outspokenly questioned why they didn’t think of it themselves. The evidence was all around them, especially in human guided breeding of animals such as pigeons and dogs. So why was something so obvious not discovered and well defined centuries if not... Read more »

10 Commandments of the Optimal Mind

1. Challenge authority. No one is above criticism. Honesty is a higher virtue than obedience. 2. Do not solidify your mind around a creed or label. Take things issue by issue and keep your mind fluid. 3. Do not bow down to peer-pressure or mob mentality. Always maintain your independence. 4. Continuously gather knowledge and... Read more »

“Lack of belief” blurs the line between atheist and agnostic

When Thomas Huxley created the term agnostic, he considered atheist to mean anti-theological “gnosis” while the religious side was theological “gnosis”. Agnosticism was meant to be anti-dogmatism more than anything else. Huxley was not agnostic regarding the Bible which he criticized heavily, nor was he agnostic regarding the evolutionary work of his dear friend Charles... Read more »

Bill O’Reilly loses his mind in battle against atheist

The tide goes in, the tide goes out, and you can’t explain that! This is what news commentator Bill O’Reilly blurted out the last time debating atheist David Silverman. For a few seconds it appeared Silverman was stunned by such a crazy statement, he momentarily looked like a deer in the headlights. We can explain... Read more »

Evolutionist James Kirk Wall responds to young earth creationist Randy Ruggles

First I would like to begin by thanking Randy for his formal response. Argumentation is a necessary process for finding truth. In the very serious business of deciding verdicts in our court system, we use both the Socratic Method and the scientific method. Although not a perfect process as dishonesty, incompetence or corruption can cause... Read more »

The Quest for Truth

To be a philosopher is to dedicate one’s life to the obtainment of knowledge and wisdom and to continuously scrutinize what it true. The truths we have now, or perceive to have, are from observation, perception, experience, what we’ve been taught, and what we’ve been told. Our truths are different in certain respects as we... Read more »