Philosophy of Ethical Skepticism
Yes, The Ethical Skeptic is a student of philosophy. Another morning’s rambles and quips.
The first tenet of Ethical Skepticism reads:
- First and foremost finds fulfillment through disciplined pursuit of an insatiable curiosity; scrutinizing and maintaining caution around his own assumptions, regardless of where they are obtained; discriminating with discipline, ontological and religious cosmologies from actual science.
Being an Ethical Skeptic, the first challenge is for me to improve my game:
- A disciplined pursuit means, knowing when and when not to jump around to a myriad array of interesting data points across a field of interest. Sampling is useful when one has not determined a coherency in their observation set, nor come close to defining necessity or question. If I am studying Sumerian Mythology, jumping around and sampling serendipity produces sometimes a question; but jumping back and forth between Greek and Sumerian or Akkadian Mythology may only produce endless activity chasing apophenia, without coherency.
- A disciplined pursuit does not mean that you simply doubt anything which does not fit your paradigm, that is a silly game played by shallow minds. I have had to develop the discipline to withhold final conclusive judgement, be neutral and dispassionate until I know more. Doubt can be just as religious as dancing in the aisles and holding snakes in the air. Except with doubt, one can delude themselves into thinking they are not being religious with its exercise.
- Doubt is not an identity, it is a tool and as such, its master should be an apprentice for a while before presuming they are skilled in its application.
- If doubt were a shotgun we’d all be dead. Become a tradesman with it, not another idiot with a gun.
- An insatiable curiosity is not a problem for me. If 10,000 people have witnessed it, I want to frame a question from this necessity through observation – not presume an answer. Nor even worse adopt the answer given me by a religious group or SSkeptic group.
- One knows when they have scrutinized and maintained caution around their own assumptions, when they feel the pain of the hook barb being removed from their skin; of those things taught past, which unduly influence and control one’s paradigm.
- However, one should not take as advisement, jumping right into the antithetical or next religion, as a reaction to the painful removal of the previous religion. As attractive and understandable as it is, one should hesitate in declaring one’s self an atheist for example, until they have sat in the land of agnosticism or ignosticism for a while and begun to grasp their own anger and see it as well for the religion which it is. To be an atheist means you know what a god is. I can make no such boast.
- “…discriminating with discipline, ontological and religious cosmologies from actual science” is a skill which is learned only by practice over time. It is not a skill I see in the character of our celebrity SSkeptics. It is not a skill which most 28 year-olds, or PhD candidates yet possess. I certainly did not.
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