posted on Jan, 4 2008 @ 11:32 AM
reply to post by Vasa Croe
Whenever I find myself wondering why I think like I do about certain subjects I try to reaffirm to myself the core basis of skepticism and belief. The
information on this LINK
and others like it go a long way to help leveling me out at times.
To me, believing blindly is a dangerous thing to do because it is a fertilizer for hope and even worse, false hope. When what you are blindly
believing in does not produce anything tangible or substantive the hope is usually crushed and the belief withers and suffers as a result. That is if
you even care if it does or not. Some people are puppets to their beliefs. This is very hard to determine in some people when everyone is anonymous
and can be pretending to be anything they want to be.
I stick with the facts, with what I know and if I dont know enough to satisfy my thirst for knowledge go learn more until I do. Its hard work (harder
than simply saying I believe in something, then not being able to rationally explain why) and the rewards for the work are far and few in between no
doubt, but when the rewards do come through they are REAL and backed up by fact and good honest research.
For me facts, not faith increase knowledge. Mental sweat is good for you. Critical thinking creates calluses for the mind and is a great way to deal
with the sublime and ridiculous. Speculation is a very necessary component to the thought process but conclusions can not be founded on it. Wild
speculation can take a hike....
Anyway, my two rupees worth.
[edit on 4-1-2008 by Lost_Mind]