It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
maybe, we don't have anyway of knowing for sure
I assume we are all familiar with this term and the phenomenon to which it refers. However, for the sake of clarity, here, I am defining dogmatism as a way of being or existential mode characterized by an extreme demand for absolute certainty, an uncritical and uncompromising adherence to a particular perspective or belief system, and a fierce opposition toward uncertainty and conflicting perspectives or beliefs. According to such a definition, it is possible to be dogmatic in regard to just about anything—any value perspective or belief is a potential vehicle for the unjust and intolerant reductionism of the dogmatic approach toward life. Therefore, in the political sphere, there are dogmatic conservatives, dogmatic liberals, dogmatic moderates, etc.; in the religious sphere there are dogmatic Christians, dogmatic Muslims, dogmatic Buddhists, dogmatic Hindus, etc.; in the intellectual sphere there are dogmatic atheists, dogmatic scientists, dogmatic academics of every discipline, etc.; one can even be a dogmatic opponent of dogmatism.
Of course, an implicit and crucial question must be answered—what it is about dogmatism that is destructive or harmful. My answer to this question is evident within the previously utilized terms “unjust,” “intolerant,” and “reductionism.” Dogmatism, regardless of its particular manifestation, is destructive and harmful because it reduces the full truth of an aspect of reality to something less than what it actually is. It elevates one perspective or belief to a position of absolute authority, thereby negating and devaluing all others that differ from or contradict it. This rigid and severe intolerance toward competing perspectives and beliefs is unjust because it results in a distortion and obscuring of what is true and real, as well as a denial of individual freedom in choosing how to live on the basis of a personal value perspective or belief. I could also cite innumerable current and historical examples of violent and harmful actions toward innocent people resulting from the dogmatic need for certainty or to be “right,” whether in the form of fascist oppression and human rights violations, religious or morally-based “hate crimes,” or an inability to constructively disagree in emotionally-heated debates and discussions.
originally posted by: guitarplayer
a reply to: LesMisanthrope
how do you explain NDE from people who have completly died and then suddenly come back after longer than the human brain could possible given a false impression?
Ah, someone has arrived at absolute certainty.
Stating uncertainty is not ipse dixit.
It's one of the few things that can be taken as a given.
To think otherwise opens the gateway to dogmatic thinking.
Science was built upon accepting uncertainty and factoring it in.
I know, I know.
You'll assert your dogmatic thinking is the most correct, and the world is and would be better for it.
Just like every other dogmatic thinker, be they religious or otherwise.
Because there is no evidence.
Also, I am rather shocked that I have to point out to you that except in small in scale, with limited parameters situations, proving a negative is impossible.
Looking for some kind of soul organ and not finding it is not proof in any context of the word except to prove there isn't a soul organ.
And I am confused as to why there would be if such a thing does exist.
There is plenty of evidence.
When you open your wallet and there is no money in there, that is proof there is no money in your wallet.
There’s that dogmatism again. Prove it. Oh wait you cannot, because “you cannot prove a negative” is a negative. Whoops. Where are you getting these ideas from? Yes, you can prove a negative.
To question ones own fate is dangerous, and it is the reason why the "controllers" would prefer us to be happy little drones, because, if one realises how little control they have, in the true sense of the word, they would experience a nightmarish fear that leads many to either self-destruct or commit heinous acts.
Perhaps you should work on comprehending what I'm actually saying hm?
It would save you a great deal of trouble down the line.