Turtles All the Way Down

Via Moyen Age, some musings about belief and the book Why We Believe What We Believe:

So what does it mean to say we construct “reality”? We don’t just willy-nilly dream up the sun everyday, do we? I suppose it’s a matter of bias, distortion, omission, focus. But it’s really difficult to pinpoint where beliefs end and “reality” begins.

Take the following statements:

  • History accurately describes the past.
  • Reality is more well-understood today than it was in the past. In the future, we’ll understand it even more clearly.
  • Objective truth exists.
  • The Qur’an | the Book of Mormon | the Book of Tobit | Exodus 21:20-21 is the holy word of God.
  • We have free will.
  • Causality is a universal principle (i.e., the turtles go all the way down).
  • The universe | God is uncaused (i.e., the turtles don’t go all the way down).
  • Animals aren’t conscious.
  • Humans are more important than (other) animals.
  • It’s important to “stay informed” by reading the NYTimes | watching Fox News | listening to Democracy Now!
  • Ghosts exist.
  • Unicorns exist.

Read more here.

2 responses to “Turtles All the Way Down

  1. I have to say yours is a much better illustration than the one on Wikipedia.

  2. Dude, isn’t it? I searched for my own image because that one sucked.

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