Originally Posted by Miburo
Oh, he's one of these guys.
The worst kind of pseudo-intellectual. He doesn't comprehend the fact that no one is claiming absolutely truth in any of their statements do to the inherent philosophical Descartes-like level of doubt thing in knowledge, which is a constant that should never even be considered in 'real life' due to it's utter uselessness. We all know about this shit. Everyone who has taken a philosophy 101 course knows it. It's just completely and utterly useless in every non-philosophical discussion (And useless in most of those as well) and detrimental to the pursuit of knowledge.
Simply put, we're trying to get as close to truth as we can get. We are usually operating on what is most logical based on all current knowledge. We're never claiming absolute truth. We're not implying anything is set in stone. If new information is ever found we can simply absorb it and use it to better our understanding of things, even if it means discarding previous conclusions. That is the entire basis of science, and how we learn.
Being a goddamn coward who is too afraid of drawing the most logical conclusion because of the inherent chance of it being wrong isn't wise. It's cowardly, stupid, and useless. No one has ever made any progress by being a fence-sitting pussy. Even Descartes eventually manned up and took a stance. Grow a pair.
It's a concept that should be applied to everything you encounter in life, if you are really pursuing knowledge. If you were only pursuing understanding, then I would say you were correct.
Oh whatever, I simply have more possibilities available to choose from than you do, hence there is a higher probability that the one I choose to believe will be correct.
So you're saying I should go make outlandish unproven statements for no other reason other than to let you all be able to prove me wrong, otherwise I'm a coward?
Rock on, good perspective.
Of course, just, you know, keeping neutral on something is retarded.
I still do all my proper deductions in deciding what to believe, I just don't ever eliminate anything so I don't have to go find it when it becomes "possible" again.
Anyone who thinks they can state with authority that something is not so or unimportant is the worst kind of moron, one who thinks they aren't one.