For the Truly Open- Minded Individual, when you are Reading and Considering the Evidence Presented by an Author Making Claims to Support a Specific Conclusion, ask yourself the Following Questions:
"IN ORDER FOR ME TO PROMOTE THE CONCLUSION AS FACTUAL, WHAT EVIDENCE AND ARGUMENTS MUST I ACCEPT AS TRUE? FURTHER, AM I ACCEPTING THEM BECAUSE I BELIEVE THEY CAN BE PROPERLY DEFENDED AGAINST ANY OPPOSITION, OR IS PERSONAL ACCEPTANCE JUST A SYMPTOM OF MY DESIRE THAT THE CONCLUSION BE ACKNOWLEDGED AS TRUE, WHETHER OR NOT CRITICAL ANALYSIS BACKS UP SUCH A DECISION?"
Remember, Logic and the Scientific Method are Tools for Deriving the Reality of the Subject Matter, and not a set of Opinions that Automatically Accepts Certain Claims or Assertions as True, While others are cast aside as False. To Often Believers and Promoters of the Paranormal Criticize Science for being Dogmatic, and not Open to knew Ideas. Nothing could be further from the Truth.
Think of all the Scientific Theories that we take for granted as True Today, that were Opposed and Scoffed at because LOGIC AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD HAD NOT BEEN PROPERLY UNDERSTOOD OR UTILIZED AT DIFFERENT PERIODS IN HUMAN HISTORY.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING:
- THE LAWS OF MOTION.
- THE BEGINNING AND FORMATION OF THE UNIVERSE.
- THE CAUSES AND CURES FOR DISEASE.
- HOW LIGHT AND SOUND BEHAVE UNDER DIFFERENT
- HUMAN EVOLUTION.
In the Above List, you have areas of Science that, until relatively
recently in HUMAN HISTORY, VERY LITTLE WAS KNOWN ABOUT
THE MECHANISMS AND PROCESSES THAT DRIVE EACH. This didn't
change because someone stood up and declared THAT SCIENCE SUPPORTS
THESE CONCLUSIONS, AND WOULDN'T CONSIDER OTHER POSSIBILITIES.
LOGIC AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD DON'T WORK THIS WAY, AND IN THE
NEXT POST ON THIS TOPIC, WE WILL LOOK MORE CLOSELY AT THESE
DISCIPLINES, AND HOW THEIR USE HAS CHAMPIONED MANS ABILITY TO
UNDERSTAND THE NATURAL WORLD.