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Re: RE: Digest Number 122

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  • Jesus Christ
    just because the majority believe something, doesn t make it the truth. knowledge, in essence, is merely a belief that is held by the majority. so TO THEM,
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      just because the majority believe something, doesn't make it the truth. knowledge, in essence, is merely a belief that is held by the majority. so TO THEM, it IS the truth. to the minority, something else may be true. in regard to your statement about objective facts. objective facts are, in fact, not objective. they are subjective because all you can know about them is what is perceived about it. the true essence of something is unattainable and therefore might as well not exist.

      --- Rajiv Pande <existlist@onelist.com> wrote:
      >Part: 1
      ><pre>Dear JC,
      >The Universe does not run on human beliefs, but this is my belief so everything
      >is back to square one again.
      >Excuse me, but can I talk at all?
      >Regards
      >Rajiv
      >PS How about this: Belief gravitates towards absolute knowledge with increasing
      >excitement. Just so that excitement does not tend to infinity (since knowledge
      >is unattainable), and thence to insanity, we have a system of "packaged
      >certainties" called facts in which to seal off all that excess excitement
      >that bubbles over, and from a point of safety, call them objective facts.
      >Thus as we continue our gravitation we accumulate more and more facts, in
      >a absolutely excitement proof data bank and mankind progresses happily and
      >sanely ever after in pursuit of knowledge.
      >I have doubts about mankind's sanity, though - maybe some of the excitement
      >is not fully controlled???
      ></pre>Part: 2
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      I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.

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