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TOTD 19 Feb 2002

...what is truth? The word has two different uses-and-meanings. One is pragmatic: truth is what works best. The other is social: truth is what convention legitimizes as factual. As human history, especially the history of religion, tells us, the word "truth" is a dangerously intolerant term. It allows no disagreement: Who can be against the Truth? The word "understanding" is more hospitable and tolerant. It implies a dialectic and the possibility of mis-understanding.

-Thomas Szasz

A good religion is part of a default set of narratives. Rational empiricists get hung up on the myth aspect of religions, taking it on blind faith that a make-believe story cannot possibly have any value. This is an irrational position and a blind spot in the worldviews of many smart people.

-Richard Brodie

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(Anonymous)
Feb. 19th, 2002 01:37 pm (UTC)
nice!
chicagojo
Feb. 19th, 2002 02:38 pm (UTC)
Friends only?
I see you locked this entry, any reason why?
kmo
Feb. 19th, 2002 05:14 pm (UTC)
Re: Friends only?
Whoops, I meant to lock the post that came AFTER the TOTD.
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