Michael Stuart Kelly Posted July 22, 2008 Author Share Posted July 22, 2008 I thought you were saying that there is a clash between how you experience different things. Some things can be explained with reference to science. Some cannot and may require supernatural explanations (ie: God or spirit). Understanding you this way, I said I don't experience a clash that leads to supernatural explanations.Paul,You got the clash part right, but the explanation has nothing to do with my way of thinking. I generally don't care for the term supernatural because it comes with a load that has very little to do with how I approach matters.When I see such a clash between in here and out there and I cannot explain it, I literally say I don't know and take comfort in the fact that I just used my mind to the best of my ability. I will admit that I feel an urge to explain the clash to myself and I also seek the answer. I report, discuss, read, speculate, keep my mind open to examining all sorts of things, and engage in inquiry where I find an interesting line of thought. I have found that it is easy to say to yourself short-term about an intense experience, "I don't know what just happened," but it takes courage to live with that admission of ignorance for longer stretches.Making up something, or accepting something someone else made up that I cannot check, does not satisfy my urge to understand no matter how uncomfortable my doubts get. Neither does pushing the doubt aside and pretending things I observed don't exist. I more or less know why people cave in and I see them do it all the time. (I have seen both Christians and Objectivists do this.)But I have chosen not to. Even though I am on a harder road to travel, I get great serenity from it. Like I said, I am using my mind and no other.Michael Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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