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Are You A Rationalist, Empiricist Or Sceptic?  
User currently offlinePawsleykat From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 1978 posts, RR: 11
Posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4688 times:

Which are you then???

Just to let you know;


  • Rationalists believe that true knowledge is found not through listening to our senses, as they can sometimes deceive us, but knowledge comes thru the realm of the mind. This is like, say you are coming home from a night out and you see a shadow and you think that someone is chasing you. You panic for a while and then realise it is just a tree branch waving in the wind, that would be an example of our senses deceiving us.

  • Empiricists are the complete opposite. They believe that all of our true knowledge come from the senses. Like if we taste something or touch something that is very hot, we know that it is hot and won't touch or taste it again because our senses told us not to.

  • Sceptics believe that we cannot ever know something with certainty, like if we drop a ball from a window, we cannot prove in advance that it will, for sure, hit the ground. If it does, then at that moment we know. You never know what will happen, like if it just floated up in the air, or someone decided to catch it before it hit the ground.


I am a Sceptic. I beleive in the theory of you can never know something with pure certainty. I am interested in what other a.netters think as I am doing Philosophy in Religious Education, not that the post has anything to do with religion or religious beleifs.  cheerful 

JG


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User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4687 times:

I'm a rationalist...

Your eyes can decieve you... dont trust them (Thanks Obi Wan)



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4667 times:

Quoting Pawsleykat (Thread starter):
Are You A Rationalist, Empiricist Or Sceptic?

None of the above.

I'm a pissed off cynic. Big grin



Crye me a river
User currently offlineCRJonBeez From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 317 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4659 times:

skeptic for sure...

favorite class in college? philosophy of science

quantum physics rocks!


User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4041 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4659 times:

I'm all 3 at times !!

 Smile



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User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 53
Reply 5, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4655 times:

Quoting CRJonBeez (Reply 3):
quantum physics rocks!

Yes, it does!



Crye me a river
User currently offlineAsturias From Spain, joined Apr 2006, 2054 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4655 times:

I'm an optimist.. or so says my girlfriend  Smile

cheers

Asturias



Tonight we fly
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 7, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4655 times:

I am an oversimplifyer. I believe that all of humanity falls into one of those three categories with zero overlap.

I also believe that there are 10 kinds of people in the world.
Those who understand binary and those who do not.



Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineSearpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4642 times:

Quoting Usnseallt82 (Reply 2):
I'm a pissed off cynic.

 checkmark 



"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 9, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4639 times:

Scepticism in that sense is nice, but impractical for navigating through daily life. In order to function in a physical world and interact with others, we have to base our decisions on thousands of what sceptics would term "assumptions." So, on the unconscious level, we're all empiricists, and we move through rationalism and scepticism only when we have enough time to apply abstract thought.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineArmitageshanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3599 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4611 times:

I'm a combination of the three but I'd put more in Rationalist than the other two.

User currently offlinePeterk From Germany, joined Dec 2003, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4588 times:

A sceptic when it comes to in believing something

An empiricist when I can witness something

A rationalist when I can determine something



Something perfect can only get worse
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