posted on Mar, 12 2005 @ 03:06 PM
The search for truth is NEVER conclusive. It is only expressed as a probability.
The search for truth is always at least a little uncomfortable. If you are comfortable with your beliefs you [if you care about truth] need to
challenge those beliefs with alternate ideas and see if they hold up.
When science becomes too dogmatic and comfortable with itself it starts to become a religion and not the open ended search for truth. [def: Religion =
blind acceptance of belief system] Religion says 'I know', Science says 'I believe'. Religion can more easily be wielded as a blunt
instrument, but it is always an instrument of ignorance. Faith by its very definition is ignorant of incoming/existing information.
Publicly exposed Science has a very tough balancing act to perform. To be honest it must always be couched in terms of belief. Religion can act like a
bull in a china shop, destroying in its ignorance a panaply of beautiful and useful things.
In short knowlege is ignorance.
Knowlege is conclusion. The termination of the search for truth. It is terminal. It is dead.
Religion is conclusive.
Knowlege is the shutting down of the mechanism of discovery. It ignores that new data and possibilities are/maybe forthcomming. The Universe in time
is a never-ending unfolding of events. It can be torturous. If you are going to live forever, though, it will probably become a love-hate
I believe in the search for truth. I believe that religiously. I will do so as long as science is NOT a religion. It sounds counter intuative, but
truth that is pure has no real structure. We taint it with our categorization and loading it up with meaning. It is based on pure observation. No
emotional biases. Cause and effect itself may be too much of an assumption to load it up with.
Science is the good-heart that takes on that impossible burden of seeking truth out. The seeking of truth is the never ending job of sorting,
re-shuffling, resorting, adding new cards, and on and on, to organise one's thinking. Science has the best and quite possibly the only hope of
seeking out truth.
I accept some amount of necessary dogmatism in science because it is the only counter to the completely ignorant dogmatism of Religion. I accept this
as long as i still believe the heart of science is good and open.
What we perceive and see of things is often ambigious. In fact the truth itself as an interpretation of reality may be ambiguous.
Truth as a single entity may not exist.
The search for truth may be tilting at windmills. Religion claims to have slain the windmill/dragon. Science believes in the on-going of tilting with
windmills and in that effort understanding the windmill. We may perceive it as a dragon, but with time may understand it as a windmill. The destroyed
windmill has much less value grinding grain, pumping water than one that operates by the design of its builders.
Intelligent people accept the fact that their original actions may seem foolish. Starting from a total lack of understanding we are always running the
fool's errand. So accepting some amount of foolishness is ok. Today's fool may be tommorrow's genius.
One of the real potential successes of science is the understanding of ourselves so our instincts & emotions don't get between us and the clearest
viewpoint of reality. Like a calm pool of water unsullied by waves of distortion. Each aspect examined clearly and concisely in isolation.
If one is seeking comfort, one is not seeking truth.
Sometimes the search for truth can be VERY uncomfortable. Examining one's own heart and mind and accepting the potential for horrible evil nastiness
that being alive always holds can put one's self in a very harsh light indeed.
All searches for truth need not be exposed to all people or things. The search for truth can be very private.
Private truths can be used to manipulate the ignorant.
If you believe that Aliens and UFOs do many of the things that are perported of flying around, leaving no evidence, doing anatomical disections of
cattle and people, playing with the governmental controls of stategic military sites it makes a kind of sense, if you see the Aliens as intelligent
One should not take the inferrence that being a monkey or a child as being derogatory but actually being the maximum height of intelligence any
organism can be. Accepting your place in the Universe as being someone/thing that is here to learn by poking and proding and testing things to learn
about them is simply intelligent.
Being stupid enough to think you 'know' anything is a sure sign of ignorance. The Aliens by the above reconning are testing, poking and proding
around on our planet/Universe. Like monkey/children, pressing buttons to see what happens. They are curious and realize that understanding of how
things seem to operate is very often useful to survival.
For a species to propagate it may be necessary for individuals to believe [i think falsely] that they are adults and for some silly mystical reason
superior to children. It takes a lot of time and patience to raise the next generation in an optimal way so they can be intelligent and perceptive.
Children [as well as adults] are quite fragile and need some shelter to grow up whole and intact. As Michael J. Fox says the first 3 years is a
suicide watch. In reality children manage to grow up in very harsh environments. As a species raising the next generation is a necessary thing. As an
individual this is almost completely irrelevant to one's own existence.
This is only one person's current perspective on truth.
Lest it be a total diatribe, what are yours?