46 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You a Question – 7/28/18

    • You have touched on my point. Truth is so relative to the individual experience, but ultimately we cannot all be right. 10 people who see a car crash will have 10 differing stories, but there was only 1 car crash. The factual details of the car crash is the absolute truth. The eyewitness accounts are filtered truth.

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      • You’re right. There is no absolute truth to the human experience, only the experience itself is the absolute truth. The moment it hits our perception our biases take over. Absolute truth is a very fragile thing that breaks apart the moment human perspective touches upon it.

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    • It sure is. I’m referring to less existential things and more to the question of is there a single truth that exists separate from our experience. Early I cited the example of a car crash. 10 witnesses have 10 different accounts, yet there was only 1 car crash and it happened in an exact way. The people who see the crash then filter the event and interpret what they believe happened. Is there only 1 car crash or 10?

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  1. One in particular, or as a general category? There is much which people take for absolute truth, but about which they can disagree, even to the point of violence (mostly in the categories of theology and politics). Some hold that the basics of arithmetic (1+1=2, 3+4=7) and an absolute truth, and Eternal Verity. If there is such a thing as absolute truth, I’m not sure we mortals are equipped to know it.

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    • As always you have understood the essence of the question. Of course, “everyone dies” is a truth. My point has more to do with absolute truth as it relates to the human experience not necessarily existential. Philosophy would use the example of eyewitness accounts. 1 event could have 10 differing versions is witnessed by 10 different people. Yet there was only 1 event and it happened in a very particular way. Was there 1 event or 10?

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      • Of course. I was thinking more of things we know to to be undeniably true. And also inevitable. Hence my choice of “death”. What do you think about people who say that man has not got to the moon that is just fake or that the holocaust did not take place. There are people who believe the earth is flat. Oh good grief….how did I get on to all this on a sunday morning? Anyway ….

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  2. I don’t believe there is an absolute truth. Schools teach us that squares have 4 corners and circles are round. That 2+2=4. Those are unchallenged absolute truths. Different religions teach that their god is the only god. This is an absolute truth that is challenged by other people’s absolute truth. Think about how people viewed the world 1000’s or even 100’s of years ago. We are constantly evolving, learning, discovering and inventing. We are just a tiny spec in a huge untapped universe. Absolute truth is a narrow minded philosophy, and one sells the human race short.

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    • So you are saying if 4 people watch an event happen and then the 4 perspectives produce 4 absolute truths? Then how do you explain the fact that the event had very specific things that actually happened? For instance, said event gets videoed and then compared to the eyewitness accounts. The event had truths which are unmistakable and undeniable regardless of the eyewitness accounts.

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      • Ok, I’ll give you that there are actions and events that are absolute truths, but they are just a thin veneer. The causes and circumstances of those truths are not as absolute. So sure there are absolute truths as long as you’re happy with just looking at the surface and don’t dig too deep.

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      • If you hit pause and there was no erosion and no changing elements. It would be a controlled environment. There would be a fixed definite number.

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      • Yes, in science things can be manipulated to create a manufactured absolute truth, but then is that really truth?

        If you want to get really philosophical, the pause button on Earth, there would be nobody to count that sand. The old of a tree falls on the woods thing comes into play.

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      • You are going down a road I hadn’t planned on. My point is more toward science and knowing truths, not espousing a falsehood as a truth and misleading people.

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      • Fair enough, I’ll compromise and say that at this time there are absolute truths “as we know them”. I do believe that we should never stop questioning, no matter how absolute we believe a truth to be.

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  3. To me there are no absolutes period be it truths or anything else. Always and never is usually something in between. Perception comes close to being the absolute truth for the individual who perceive it. Maybe better said as I believe there is no universal absolute truth. My head hurts now. Thanks for making me think 🤔

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