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This is not to say all Truths are always relative. 'While standing on this planet, if I raise a pen to shoulder height and release it then it will drop' is True and it is always True.  'While standing on this planet, if I raise a pen to shoulder height and release it then it will rise to the ceiling' is False and is always False.  Unless, in both cases, someone is adding or subtracting normal affective forces.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Sep 11th, 2007 at 10:34:25 PM EST
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I think it important to remember when virtuous philosophic doubt about the truthfulness or accuracy of a statement was justified.  Not so long ago, there was very little accurate info about the world.

I get the feeling that most of the heavy breathing about relativity, uncertainty, etc. is an archaic thinking not unlike a belief that all portraits must be painted in oils.

In the past 300 years, the amount of human knowledge that has achieved near-certain status has exploded.  Yet we still discuss the very concept of truth using 3000 year-old terminology.  We still teach Aristotelian logic, for goodness sakes.

The only interesting attribute about the truth is that it is true.  Now that there is so much of it, I believe it time to re-evaluate how we think about the subject.  And I certainly believe that the subject of truth is too important to be left to philosophers and theologians.


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by techno (reply@elegant-technology.com) on Wed Sep 12th, 2007 at 01:54:29 AM EST
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Funny you should mention Aristotle.  In a longer version I went into detail about syllogistic logic as an old, fairly restricted, but still useful tool.

I get the feeling that most of the heavy breathing about relativity, uncertainty, etc. is an archaic thinking not unlike a belief that all portraits must be painted in oils.

The demand for certainty is the hallmark of an immature mind. it would be nice if everything could be put into little boxes labeled 'True' or 'False' but that's not the way it is.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Thu Sep 13th, 2007 at 12:23:48 AM EST
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