Scientific skepticism

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  • Debunker's Argumentative Analysis

    positions, it is also not a Good Reason to disbelieve them either. Who is to say that true moral beliefs are not what is most fit? Would it not make sense for objective morality to have characteristics that would aid in the survival of a community? Sure, evolution is bound to get off track a little bit, but here we must focus on degrees of reason. We must assume our beliefs are innocent until proven guilty by Good Reason, and that most of our beliefs are probably close enough to the truth, otherwise they would not have aided in the survival and been selected for by evolution. The best argument against moral realism does not even need evolution to make us rightfully worry, but the inclusion of evolution weakens the argument, leading to skepticism again. Our disposition to make a distinction without a difference is a serious moral dilemma, but has no bearing on the current discussion since we are addressing the problem of evolution in relation to realism. The problem here is not in the content of the argument itself, but in the very…

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  • Chronic Ailments Of Life Essay

    unavoidable. The three chronic ailments of life are death, futility, and suffering. Three of the many solutions made up for these three things are going to be talked about. Stoicism, Skepticism, and life after death are few solutions offered to these ailments. However, do these ideas provide us any logical answers to death, futility, and suffering? Stoicism Stoicism is an ancient Greek solution that means to be withdrawn from a situation indifferently. Stoics accept the fact that our existence…

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  • The Passion Of The Soul Analysis

    The real proof of existence Descartes built his philosophy from the very bottom. He took nothing for granted. “I think therefore I am” is not the beginning of his philosophy; it is the first important conclusion on which he builds his further meditations. But what if the whole proof of existence starts with wondering? Descartes didn’t write anything about wondering in his “Discourse on Method”, but he gave it a big part in his meditations and in “The Passion of the Soul”. So what if he just…

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  • Rene Descartes: Doubtful Dreams

    Doubtful Dreams As any other philosopher, Rene Descartes was driven by the need to find the undeniable truth. He was very upset when he realized as a young man that many of the things he was taught in school was scarcely supported by evidence, if not out right false (Pojman & Vaughn, 2011, p.487). Therefore, when he began his foray into philosophy, he decided would deny and ignore all previously accepted opinions and build an entirely new foundation of truth to build on (Tweyman, 2013,…

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  • Analysis Of René Descartes 'Demon Doubt'

    René Descartes’ main purpose was finding whether some truths really existed or not. Consequently, he understood that his aim would have been satisfied exclusively by doubting each belief he previously owned and, in order to do this, he had to meet the sceptical challenge of the evil genius. In this essay, I will start by explaining what the sceptical challenge is, examining other possible approaches to discover illusions, and arguing about what one I hold to be the most efficient. Afterwards, I…

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  • Deception In Hamlet

    Leonardo Di Vinci once said, “The greatest decision men suffer is from their own decisions.” Deception can occur in everyday life and is an important process for building relationships or in general social interaction. In the Shakespearean play, Hamlet uses deception to reveal the role that Claudius had in the death of his father. Hamlet uses deception to gain the knowledge needed to indict Claudius with the murder of his father, while Claudius is using deception to cover up his role within…

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  • Dr. Gregory Boyd's Letters From A Skeptic

    During our time in the world, Christians often find themselves in close contact with skeptics- agnostics, atheists, or those people who simply don’t care about a spiritual life, who all have their own reasons to distrust the church and the Bible as a whole. The questions these people pose are not simple ones, not questions that can be answered by a simple “John 3:16” or a “Jeremiah 29:11.” How then should we, as a part of the body of Christ, react to and answer those people who desire more…

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  • Descartes Evil Demon Argument Analysis

    will not let him believe other bad things in this world. Through his thinking, we may believe that the Lord God would not lie to him about anything (Crawford 20). Descartes discovers that it is almost impossible to continue with his habit of forming assumptions and opinions out of his head. The resolution he gets is to try to pretend that these ideas are all false and out of order to counter his thinking Analysis Gard et al. (137), suggests that the first meditation can be approached in two…

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  • Peter Elbow The Doubt Game And Believing Game Analysis

    Game- An Analysis of the Intellectual Enterprise, the comparison and contrasting methods of two ways that humans process information presents itself in an almost biased manner as one begins to form an opinion about which method of processing information is actually deemed supreme. The author describes the two components as a game. As any game would be played, there are two teams. (For example if you were to take into account this passage, the two teams would be belief and doubt.) These teams…

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  • Rene Descartes Demon Doubt Analysis

    The René Descartes’ main purpose was finding whether some truths really existed or not. It does not have to be forgot, indeed, that he came from a period of time when sciences did still not have a framed system of values, therefore he wanted to find a truth, between a lot of possible illusions: namely, tidiness among chaos. In this essay, I will explore Descartes’ meeting with the sceptical challenge of what he calls Demon Doubt, by providing evidence of this, as well as an explanation of what…

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