reply to post by grimlocked
With that one post you enter into the pantheon of ATS thinkers. (Granted, it's probationary status, but I'm still on probation. It's not so bad.)
Hey, Akragon, get him a beer.
Besides my previous thoughts, I've also thought truth is subject to interpretation.
I wonder about that. If we know enough about,
whatever "it" is, then we know it's true or false and there's no room for interpretation. I'm sorry to be putting words in your mouth, and
please correct me, but it seems as though you're saying, "Of the things which we don't know
to be true, everybody weights the evidence
differently and comes to their own conclusions."
"My child is more intelligent than yours." That's a true or false statement, but we'll never get to an answer for it. We don't even know what
"intelligent" means. There's a lot of room for interpretation. "My child is taller than yours." There, we can know the truth, and attempting
to interpret it is an error.
If someone believes wholeheartedly that I'm incorrect, so much so, they feel the same way I do, but opposite notions, does it make their
beliefs false? One side is definitely the correct opinion, and one is not, but until the answers unequivocally come to light, no one can say for
And here you raise a fascinating question. What do we do with beliefs that we haven't proved? It seems silly to believe that we
should only accept what has been proven. Our day to day lives are based on unproven beliefs. We almost always just go with the belief that makes the
most sense to us.
That's why I disagree with Akragon's position that truth is relative to the individual. An individual's beliefs and interpretations may be
relative and subjective, but truth is not.
The good thing about disagreements though, is that they provide an opportunity for different perspective, opinions, and challenges of one's
notions of truth.
Absolutely right. We are not the best questioners of our own beliefs, as you pointed out. Some people, like the great
philosophers, could do it, but even they went to others to help them find truth, if only by contrast.
Akragon, you've got yet another hit on your hands.