ETHICS and GROUPTHINK

ETHICAL ISSUES: COMMUNITY vs. GROUPS

It’s inevitable that we be involved with others and will both affect and be affected by them.  Each of us operates subjectively using our own five senses plus our intuition, instincts, insights and unique thoughts and reactions.  This makes each of us unique with respect to our personal interaction with the rest of the world, each of whom is as unique as we are.

While you are entitled to your interpretation of what’s happening, others are entitled to theirs, and chances are excellent that they won’t be the same as yours.  Given equal input, each individual may react differently and come to a different conclusion.  In other words, there will be virtually infinite combinations of actions along the line.

In the context of mankind, that’s no problem.  Humanity as an ethical whole will handle whatever its members throw its way.

The Science-Religion Dichotomy – NOT

ETHICAL ISSUES:  SCIENCE vs RELIGION

I write this as a career scientist of no particular religion who has had an undeniably spiritual personal experience—a peak experience as defined by Abraham Maslow—and as a philosopher.  I do not ask that you believe me (although it is certainly the truth).  I ask only that you read on because the subject is interesting.

The rapid advance of science in recent years has brought with it an increase in secularism and, not surprisingly, atheism.  However, it should be noted that while denouncing spirituality, atheism itself bears all the scripts of a religion (faith, belief, conviction, confidence, trust, reliance, devotion, dogma, doctrine).  Indeed, it makes for an extremely demanding one in that it’s entirely negative and has no particular guiding light other than the passion of those who would sponsor it.

The atheist presupposes (simplistically) that science deals in

ETHICAL ISSUES: EDUCATION, SCIENCE & RELIGION

ETHICS and EDUCATION

The following is allegedly true:

The philosophy professor greets his new class with the statement:   “Let me explain the problem that science has with religion, and asks for a religious volunteer.

“So you’re a Christian, sir?”  The student answers “Yes, sir.”

And you believe in God?    Absolutely.

And that God is all-powerful and can do anything?    Yes. Of course.

Even heal a sick person, or relieve his pain?    Certainly.

Could you then tell me why he did not heal my brother, who died of cancer, even though he prayed to God to heal him?    No. I can’t.

Wouldn’t a good God have heeded his prayer?    I can’t answer for God, sir.

Well, then, is Satan good?    No, sir.

And where does Satan come from?

EDUCATION ISSUES: CREATION vs. EVOLUTION

EDUCATION – CREATION or EVOLUTION?

Are Creation and Evolution mutually exclusive?  I vote NO, and present the following in support of my thesis.

It’s been my purpose for the past several years to work toward justifying the physical world with the metaphysical (science with the spiritual).  Science being a child of philosophy, I believe that both are on parallel tracks that will link again when we finally know the truth. It’s my goal to fuse the two approaches insofar as possible while realizing that full spiritual understanding is out of my (or anyone else’s) range.  That said:

The Universe had to have a beginning, a cause (every effect has a cause).  Everything that is has to come from ‘somewhere’—have a beginning.

Creation says that there is a creator; Evolution says that it all ‘just happened’ after some initial event—say, the Big Bang.

Looking at the Big

THE ETHICS of FAITH

IS GOD?   ETHICS and the UNPROVEN

The atheist claims that God does not exist because He can’t be proven.  I offer an explanation, admittedly not proof, but posit that proof is not necessary.  We accept certain basic hypotheses that cannot be proven as fact.  Why not one more?

That we live on this earth is a fact, but that we are  physically connected to it is assumed to be proven fact.  It is not.   I refer of course to gravity, which is only a theory and not proven.

We know it by experience, and can even measure it, but we do so in terms of earth—not universally.  That it exists universally is known, but what and why it is remains unproven.  Yet we accept it unconditionally.  This is known as an act of faith.

ETHICS, SPIRITUALITY, and the SUPERNATURAL

ETHICS, RELIGION, and SPIRITUALITY

[This piece was promised (in  http://www.extremeethics.org/?p=745 ) earlier.  Please refer to it.]

Why has religion been so dominant in the rise of man?   It was, until the Enlightenment called it into question and the ‘enlightened’ threw it under the bus and put their money on science.

In the first place: is religion valid?  Atheism says ‘no.’ Atheism is the belief that there are no deities to worship, one reason being that they cannot be proven.  However, atheism doesn’t necessarily deny a first cause (a cause is something that is NOT an effect).

There has to be a first cause, and whatever it was, it could not have been impossible (and as a first principle would have to be ethical). The evidence for a first cause by any name is all around us: the Universe–it’s here. That we are here is