I Don't Know What I Am!
There is one definite disadvantage to to Positive Atheism. Each time I sit down to spend a "few minutes" catching up on my reading I inevitably tie up the phone line for hours (we only have one).
My latest transgression involved reading several articles on labels; atheist, agnostic, etc. So here I am, happily believing that since I don't believe there is any God; despising fundamentalistic views of the universe; greatly respecting the scientific method for arriving at approximations to truth, but also considering that quantum physics has so confused the Newtonian picture that who knows what challenges to mechanism may emerge; I don't know what I am!
Can you or someone else out there help me?
Boy, do I enjoy your site!
Sixty years in the effort to figure out my disbelief
From: "Positive Atheism" <email@example.com>
To: Gil Gaudia
Subject: Re: Positive_Atheism_Letters_Section
Date: Sunday, May 27, 2001 6:47 PM
Even if consciousness itself is a hallucination, of sorts (and that's what it's beginning to look like), we don't have to use that as our day-to-day model. In fact, we do well not to use that as our day-to-day model, and are justified in presupposing, with René Descartes, that "I think, therefore I am." In a working discussion, as with a working "reality," if we cannot "know" anything else, we can at least "know" this: without this, we have nothing at all to talk about.
Meanwhile, although quantum mechanics has turned Newtonian physics on its ear in the realm of sub-atomic particles, Newtonian physics still holds true outside the physics lab. The fourth century B.C.E. discovery that the Earth is not a perfect globe did not abolish the essential globe-ness of the Earth -- neither did render the Earth flat (it took the Bible, later instituted as the official dogma of the state religion, to do that).
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