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by John Jones
October 20th, 2010, 2:37 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Commitment in Humanism
Replies: 8
Views: 4939

Re: Commitment in Humanism

Doubt is a valid part of scientific understanding whereas belief allows for mindless, irrational and illogical certainty. How can we be certain of the laws of the physical world? We can only say that they work at this time and in this location, we cannot know whether or not they reign truly univers...
by John Jones
October 20th, 2010, 2:33 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Commitment in Humanism
Replies: 8
Views: 4939

Re: Commitment in Humanism

If by Science one is looking at what might occur in a laboratory, then no science cannot answer all of our problems. But if you look at science as including understanding what it is to be a human using rational thought then the answer becomes yes. The key is in a growing knowledge of ourselves, ind...
by John Jones
October 20th, 2010, 2:21 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Rational argument?
Replies: 10
Views: 5129

Re: Rational argument?

If I can answer everyone- Argument is rational or polite when we warn others how big our bomb is, where it is, and when it will go off. Although, in the end, argument assembles facts. There's nothing logical or rational about assembling facts, there is only force and persuasion. Science provides us ...
by John Jones
October 20th, 2010, 3:52 am
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Why Time may not be possible
Replies: 18
Views: 7536

Re: Why Time may not be possible

There is no event, or "sequence" or set of events, that cannot be described in non-temporal terms. That is one reason for there not being Time. If that's the case, go ahead and describe how to soft boil an egg in a way that can be usefully applied by someone unfamiliar with boiling an egg, without ...
by John Jones
October 20th, 2010, 3:46 am
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Why Time may not be possible
Replies: 18
Views: 7536

Re: Why Time may not be possible

There is no event, or "sequence" or set of events, that cannot be described in non-temporal terms. That is one reason for there not being Time. Funny, I'd have said exactly the opposite. There is no event, or "sequence" or set of events, that can be described in non-temporal terms. SImply by using ...
by John Jones
October 19th, 2010, 4:31 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Rational argument?
Replies: 10
Views: 5129

Rational argument?

"Rational" argument? There are no "logical" arguments. Tautologies, contradictions and deductions show nothing or else show facts that are already in full view. There are no "scientific" arguments. Science deals in facts. Then let us be square, for argument's sake. Argument is about raising voices, ...
by John Jones
October 19th, 2010, 4:16 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Why Time may not be possible
Replies: 18
Views: 7536

Why Time may not be possible

There is no event, or "sequence" or set of events, that cannot be described in non-temporal terms. That is one reason for there not being Time. Another reason for there not being Time is that there is no period between the shortest measurable clock-events: whether the shortest time period between su...
by John Jones
October 19th, 2010, 4:01 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: The pre-pubescent wonders of science
Replies: 18
Views: 8533

The pre-pubescent wonders of science

Many scientists, and of course Richard Dawkins, implore us to leave the fantasies of religion behind and instead observe the extent and beauty of this awesome universe, a universe that only science can show us. But ... are we like children, easily impressed by show, and by bigger is better? Aren't w...
by John Jones
October 18th, 2010, 11:02 pm
Forum: John Jones
Topic: Commitment in Humanism
Replies: 8
Views: 4939

Commitment in Humanism

Can someone square up these two statements: 1. Humanism is underpinned by a commitment to rational enquiry and the scientific method. (commitment, materialism) 2. Humanists value science as a means of developing knowledge but few humanists would argue that science holds the answer to everything. (no...