Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Is "Faith" better than "Reason" in gaining knowledge?

Assume this: We cannot trust our power of reason and logic. So how do I know that 2+2=4? Should I accept that on faith? Can I use any other means of knowing the truth about 2+2=4? I assume that I cannot trust my reason or logic. So, let's use the axioms of existence and Identification to come to the conclusion that 2+2=4. We understand that inorder to contemplate on the issue of 2+2=4, we have already assumed our perception of what those numbers mean. In other words, we know that a 2 is not any other number but a 2 and a 4 is not any other number but a 4. Thus, we have engaged in identification. However, identification does not come without existence. Thus, we understand that something exists which we have now identified. We have noticed our identification of a 2 and a 4 because we knew that there was something there that needed to be named, or identified. However, in order to identify one matter of existence, we need to understand all that which that matter is NOT, and all that exists which this matter is NOT. Thus, we know that 2 is not a 1 or a 3 or anything else. But now, through a similar process of identification, we understand that we now know what a 1 is, or what a 3 is. Thus, knowing that a single element, or a single unit, or an individual entity, or a 1 exists, we can also say that "since we know 1 exists, and we also just identified the existence of a 2" we can say that a single unit and another single unit when contemplated together synonymously manifests the property of that which we have just identified as 2. We can now proceed similarly to further prove that 2+2=4. Thus, we have proved that 2+2=4 using the process of Identification and the laws of Existence. Notice, however, that even in the process described above, I have used by faculties of reasoning to arrive at the conclusions. Now, I can assume that my FACULTY of REASONING (my processes) may be faulty, but I cannot assume that the laws of identity and existence is false. Those laws are fundamental to any further activity of reason of logic. If identity and existence does not exist then there can be no other activity whatsoever. But if reason and logic does not exist (like in the minds of so many irrational people) existence and identity is not negated. Now, Reason ofcourse is the ONLY ONE AND ONLY competent means to gaining and attaining and integrating knowledge that we HUMANS possess. Arriving at any conclusion by Reason gives us the capacity to check our premises and our conclusions and identify any errors we may have mistakenly assumed as real or true. Remember: Logic CANNOT have any contradictions. And contradictions DO NOT EXIST at all in this real world. There is NO circle with FOUR corners. That is a contradiction. Since, contradictions have NO reality and NO existence, pure logic and reason SHOULD reflect the non-contradictory nature of reality and existence. Now, "Faith, by definition, begs no questions because it desires no proof, it needs no proof." That is fully true. And therefore, on faith I can believe in anything. I can believe in Batman. Or if I'm feeling whimsical enough, I can believe in Batman and Superman at the same time. Faith gives you NO CAPACITY to check ANY of your premises and contemplate your errors because YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT ERRORS you may have made. You are REQUIRED to believe things on FAITH because "faith, by definition,... desires no proof, it needs no proof" to believe in anything... even Batman! Thus, the fallacy of the Stolen Concept? You cannot claim faith as a "firmer" foundation to attaining knowledge than Reason is, by openly admitting how ANYTHING and EVERYTHING can be accepted as "knowledge" without any need for justification, reason, proof, or logic. Such is your fallacy: you accept anything and everything on your whimsical, fuzzy feelings of the day. On faith. And you claim that it must be TRUE because it makes you feel good and it's based on faith! Thus, faith CANNOT possibly be a "firmer" ground on which to base your view of reality and method of gaining knowledge.


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