Listing my beliefs and disbeliefs

Listing my beliefs and disbeliefs
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Subject: Listing my beliefs and disbeliefs
I do describe myself as scientific pantheist who reveres the universe with the same passion as devout Christians or Muslims revere their God. It is just that I do not expect any favours in return other than feeling better about understanding the mysteries of the universe just that little bit more.

First I will begin with my beliefs
I believe there is nothing outside the natural universe and no supernatural being was needed to start it or design it. It in accordance to Hawking's theory started itself out of spontaneous creation from an unstable pristine nothingness.

I believe the universe is of such an enormous size brought on by its initial inflationary expansion that it is far bigger than I could have ever previously imagined and the observable universe only extends out to the cosmic horizon about 13 billion light years away. But that is only a minute fraction of the entire universe, so the observable universe is much smaller in comparison rest of the universe than a proton is to the observable universe. It also means in a universe of such a vast size Earth-like planets can emerge just out of natural happenstance than divine intervention.

I believe complexity and complex systems emerged spontaneously at critical phases along the universes timeline such as with metallicity, abiogenisis and consciousness - again as emergent properties.

I believe in a weak anthropic principle as opposed to a “strong” anthropic principle and we exist just out of anthropic necessity because it is not possible of being aware of any of the trillions of other possible states we cannot exist such as scenarios where your parents had never met or some other sperm of the 300 million others had beaten that one that fertilized the egg that made you. I just believe the universe is the reason the self exists and not the other way around.

I believe there only needs to be one expression of soul or the self for the universe to be aware of itself and every sentient being is the expression of the one self.

I believe in the principle of Ockham’s Razor to a point and if there are two competing theories of the same thing and one is more complex that the other I favour the simpler one, but I do like Albert Einstein’s quote on this issue, “Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler”

I believe morality is for social stability and I subscribe to the golden rule as not treat others or animals in a manner you do not like being treated, and if you eat meat the animal should be killed as humanely as possible.

I believe in a combination of the Copernican and rare earth hypothesis as due to the universe's huge scale it would be inconceivable other earth like planets do not exist elsewhere in the universe even though I think they would probably be extraordinarily rare.

I believe in the principles of Darwin's theories as the principle reason for our planet's biodiversity through natural selection.

I believe in Hugh Everett’s many world’s interpretation but it overcomes the paradox of Schrödinger’s cat, which is why the paradigm of parallel universes works better for me than the paradoxically limited one universe paradigm.

I believe that complexity emerged in the universe through different important phases on its timeline such as phase transitions rather than the teleological argument for intelligent design. An intelligent designer would have to be a complex being within itself. So using complexity as an excuse to create complexity would be paradoxical in my opinion.

I believe in the possibility of metempsychosis or “reincarnation” because I believe whatever can happen naturally can happen again and is far closer to biological reality than supernatural entities such as becoming an angel, a ghost or a vampire after one dies. I echo much the same beliefs and David Hume in this respect who preferred metempsychosis to the supernatural afterlife doctrine of the established churches of his time.

I believe one’s beliefs should be grounded in either evidence or logic. If you cannot produce any evidence for your beliefs at least have some syllogism to give some logical argument.

Now my disbeliefs.
I don’t believe in divine intervention or the power of prayer or miracles in any way.

I don't believe in supernatural beings or a supreme sentient being that created to universe.

I don’t believe it is possible for people to remember a past life through past life regressive therapy or otherwise as I can not possible comprehend any mechanism where memories from a previous life can be transferred in to this one. I think when you are dead then all your memories of this life a totally obliterated with the death of them memory information stored in that brain and from a subjective point of view be exactly identical to never been born at all in the first place. It is not metempsychosis I have such a issue with because I believe whatever can happen naturally can be repeated and that also applies to the self, but past life memories I do. I think there is enough to cope with in this life without cluttering up our brains with memories of past lives.

I don’t believe in the concept of Karma where bad effects are the consequence of bad or immoral deeds.

I don't believe that when we die we go on to live in some supernatural realm or in some ghostly non biological spirit form and I don’t believe we should impoverish our lives for such an impoverish reward such as living the simple life of a Trappist monk.

I don’t believe a belief or disbelief in the afterlife is all that important to our current life, because whatever happens to you after you die your religion or philosophy will make no difference to you.

I don’t believe that our dead ancestors exist in spirit form to guide us and watch over us as in Wicca.

I don’t believe in any theory which is paradoxical because any paradoxical theory is a theory against itself. I think if there happens to be a paradox in your theories than you are operating on the wrong paradigm and it is time for a paradigm shift.

I don’t believe in the concept of sin as some burden of shame and guilt that we take with us after we die. I think our moral behaviour in this life has no bearing on what happens to us after we die.

I don’t believe in astrology at all as I can’t see how planetary alignments on points of reference on the solar systems ecliptic plane are a major influence on our lives, or even the arrangement of tea leaves or lines on the palms of one’s hands has much of an effect.

I don’t believe for the moment that UFO’s are manned by extraterrestrial beings or the earth has been visited by extra-terrestrial beings “aliens” as much as I would like to believe in them. I should thing the distances required for them to make the distance would be physically impossible. So that rules out alien abductions. I just think the physical distances they would need to travel in interstellar space would probably be physically impossible to cover in a reasonable timeframe.

I don’t believe in mental telepathy such as with identical twins or even aliens

I don’t believe in psychokinetic powers such as the bending of spoons or human levitation through meditation etc.

BTW here is a site you may be interested in called belief O matic


Edited by St Giordano Bruno on Dec 20, 2010 - 3:18 PM
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Posted Dec 17, 2010 - 10:11 PM:

Do you have reasons for these "beliefs" & "disbeliefs" -- which might make them philosophically interesting -- or are they 'articles of faith', Bruno, or mere opinions?



FYI: I consider myself a [Philosophical Skeptic[Pragmatic Fallibilist[Scientific Materialist]]] because -- in sum -- 'living as if one knows what one cannot know' seems immoral, or at least, is self-deceptive.
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Posted Dec 17, 2010 - 11:36 PM:

180 Proof wrote:
Do you have reasons for these "beliefs" & "disbeliefs" -- which might make them philosophically interesting -- or are they 'articles of faith', Bruno, or mere opinions?



FYI: I consider myself a [Philosophical Skeptic[Pragmatic Fallibilist[Scientific Materialist]]] because -- in sum -- 'living as if one knows what one cannot know' seems immoral, or at least, is self-deceptive.


I treat them as opinions, because through my life I have changed them from time to time. Like I did believe in God once, but these days I find such a concept to be highly implausible.
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I believe you may be right.
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Posted Dec 18, 2010 - 9:10 AM:

St Giordano Bruno wrote:
I treat them as opinions, because through my life I have changed them from time to time.
As some wag once said - "Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one." Apparently you have several.

No offense. I largely concur.
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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 3:31 PM:

Veritas Vincit wrote:
As some wag once said - "Opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one." Apparently you have several.

No offense. I largely concur.


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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 3:37 PM:

I believe that you have not given us any reason to care about your opinions.
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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 9:41 PM:

Banno wrote:
I believe that you have not given us any reason to care about your opinions.

So, how shall we make this belief philosophically interesting?

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Posted Dec 19, 2010 - 11:25 PM:

St Giordano Bruno wrote:
I do describe myself as scientific pantheist who reveres the universe with the same passion as devout Christians or Muslims revere their God. It is just that I do not expect any favours in return other than feeling better about understanding the mysteries of the universe just that little bit more.





Beating around in the dark like the rest of us, then, wot? Revere the universe with the same passion as the devout religious, he says; and how does one manage that? Further, what would be the desire? There is a God, a One, a something that noone here can put their finger upon, and rightly so. I believe all intellectually astute and honest men should be able to concede this fact, organized religion be damned.
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Posted Dec 20, 2010 - 2:42 AM:

discoveryii wrote:

So, how shall we make this belief philosophically interesting?

We?
It is up to you to provide a reason for us to be interested...
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