In the arena of ideas, both the living and the dead should have a voice.
“When people were trained in classical culture, or literature, or history, or the arts, and especially if they had been introduced to unfamiliar and seemingly strange ways of thinking, their imaginations were more developed and they were less inclined to take the ruling ideas and values of their own time as obviously correct.”
– John Haldane
“For this reason there is an exceedingly subtle and insidious danger in [scientism]. If you cannot avoid metaphysics, what kind of metaphysics are you likely to cherish when you sturdily suppose yourself to be free from the abomination? Of course it goes without saying that in this case your metaphysics will be held uncritically because it is unconscious.”
“Adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”
“Skepticism is a resting place for human reason, where it can reflect on its dogmatic wanderings. But it is no dwelling place for permanent settlement. Simply to acquiesce in skepticism can never suffice to overcome the restlessness of reason.”
“A knowledge of the historic and philosophical background gives that kind of independence from prejudices of his generation, from which most scientists are suffering. This independence created by philosophical insight is, in my opinion, the mark of distinction between a mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker after truth.”
“If chance be the father of all flesh, disaster is his rainbow in the sky.
When you hear
State of emergency!
Sniper kills ten!
Troops on rampage!
Youths go looting!
Bomb blasts school!
It is but the sound of man
worshiping his maker.”
– Steven Turner
“Courage is what happens when you make a thousand small decisions, consciously thought out, to put somebody else’s safety ahead of your own.”
“It is so important to understand that it is not subjectivity, but objectivity, that is the path to freedom.”
– Dallas Willard
January 13th, 2014 at 7:18 pm
[…] “Skepticism is a resting place for human reason, where it can reflect on its dogmatic wanderings. But it is no dwelling place for permanent settlement. Simply to acquiesce in skepticism can never suffice to overcome the restlessness of reason.” – Immanuel Kant (h/t to Fide Dubitandum) […]
February 4th, 2014 at 2:39 pm
Buddha was not an Agnostic, in my opinion; his ways have nothing common with the atheists. Just to gain some ground the Atheists, in my opinion, try to include Buddha in their folds but ultimately they reject him one being with them.
I may, for instance, here refer to Christopher Hitchens, he had to write a chapter in one of his books “There is no ‘Eastern’ solution”, I think keeping that in his mind.
The truthful religion favors free enquiry and does not favor blind faith.
Buddha was not with the Agnostics; he spoke against Skepticism/Agnosticism:
Courtesy our friend Tathagata (#79)
“The Buddha was NOT an Agnostic. It is scripturally false to say he was an Agnostic. He was in fact vehemently opposed to Agnosticism and he called them “evasive eel-wrigglers.” See the Brahmajala Sutta and the Samannaphala Sutta.