[ExI] Belief in maths (was mind body dualism)

Stefano Vaj stefano.vaj at gmail.com
Sat Jul 17 12:39:37 UTC 2010

On 13 July 2010 13:21, Ben Zaiboc <bbenzai at yahoo.com> wrote:
> samantha <sjatkins at mac.com> wrote:
> We need to think how to communicate the excitement, the happiness, etc. as well as how to make logical arguments.

Much of it has to do with dominant societal values and mentalities in
a given place and age.

Monotheist beliefs were not very fashionable or plausible in 50 AD
Europe, and are not in Japan or India today.

As for Europe this has already changed once, and is changing again
(even though religious humanism tends to radicalise for obvious
compensation reasons).

Face to a fundamentalist, the most one can do is to argue that if he
is entitled to faith in the existence of God, others are equally
entitled to have a symmetrical "faith" that He does not exist, or at
least that he should definitely not for our existence to have meaning.
Nietzsche was very clear-sighted in this respect, and had a more
realistic approach than, say, Bertrand Russell.

Stefano Vaj

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