An Open Mind

November 22, 2015 at 6:11 am (Uncategorized)

People have different ideas about what it is to have an “open mind”, which often tend to be along the lines of “a person who is tolerant towards tolerant beliefs”. Sometimes extra fluff is added like “does not step on other peoples beliefs, but accepts diversity”.

The problem with how people often define and use the term open minded is that it allows one to close their mind to (x) belief system if it’s deemed intolerant, which makes being open minded less about the mind and more about the heart.

If someone believes in a loving god, then you would be closed minded if you told them they’re wrong. But if they believed in a hating god, then it’s ok to tell them they’re wrong.

People also tend to only apply this definition to spiritual beliefs. If someone believed the Moon was made of cheese, then it’s ok to think that’s stupid and still be open minded. But if a belief even more ridiculous is put forward, but it’s not intolerant and is religious, then you would be close minded if you thought it was stupid.

My definition is simple. Nothing is above question. Belief, no matter how beautiful or ugly, no matter how benevolent or despicably sinister, no matter how comforting or horrifyingly painful, it may still be true.

What this means is that your pearl of truths doesn’t pass as open minded for simply being beautiful, tolerant or nice. And if you want to have an open mind, then in the words of Thomas Henry Huxley:

Sit down before fact like a little child, and be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abyss Nature leads or you shall learn nothing.

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Atom

May 5, 2013 at 11:50 am (Uncategorized)

Humans are information. Fundamentally, music, movies, animals, bodies, and brains, are information. Information can be written in books, hard drives, solid state devices, CDs, DVDs, etc… The mind, the way it acts, the things it desires, such as love and sin, is something that arises from this information. Just as music can arise from the information written on a disc, the mind can arise from information written in the brain. It behaves as designed.

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Machine Nature

May 5, 2013 at 11:50 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

Reality takes a back seat to personal dictionaries that appeal to personal feelings. That is the nature of the human animal. They are an animal that evolved from snarling and growling, to labeling immoral, evil, disgusting, ugly, tactless, pathetic, lazy, and stupid, among other words in their plethora of civilzed animal noises that they make at each other.

There are many destructive physical processes in nature. Fires, storms, bacteria, and serial killers are physical phenomena that occur in nature. Human beings, like weather, can be very unpredictable. But like the clock-work of a watch, there is an underlining mechanics to both of them. Choice is mechanical.

Good and evil are physical processes. Serial killers, rapists, tyrants, bullies, wife beaters, child molesters and their captures, like fire or rain, are physical phenomena. They are streams of particles that follow the laws of physics. The course of a serial killer, like the trajectory of a ballistic missile, can be broken down, tracked, and solved. Evil, like the movement of the stars in the sky, can be broken down into mathematical equations. Every lie, rape, and murder, are the answers to these giant and complex equations.

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