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Post"Alternative Facts" and Morality (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 02/27/19 3:08 am)
Based on the number of readers, let alone converts, my book God for Atheists and Scientists, the fruit of close to 60 years from my personal search for a god that is logical and constructive, must presently be viewed as a huge failure. Yet I am far from disappointed and continue to learn about the essence of issues like why do people have no respect for the truth, ignore obvious evidence, and more often choose wrong over right out of ignorance or wickedness.
By watching the process of adoption/avoidance/rejection of my book, I learned that most people actually find superstition more fun than search for the truth. Once they believe something, no matter how unrealistic, they seek to reinforce their beliefs, not improve on them toward the truth based on facts and logic.
Having to address the subject of Ethics which is a problem in business practice, I learned that the real problem is not a lack of ethics (dictated by the group) but morals (dictated by the individual's conscience). That is the source of most of our social problems.
It is obvious to any thoughtful person what a fact is (versus an opinion or belief). When facts and opinions are all considered to be truth, the result will be total chaos due to a complete lack of communication and understanding. That is why we have had the worst human atrocities; where ignorance and lies provided the source, the wrong facts prevailed, and people acted badly based on them.
We now live in a world of openly "fake news" and "alternative facts." The next step toward total chaos is making important decisions based on deliberately falsified data for religious or political reasons. The scientific methods ultimately provide the truth about a research question because nothing is trusted until checked and rechecked competitively by different people against established reality. Beliefs and opinions may or may not be true and can lead to horrible disasters. Take for example racism; the Genetics scientific evidence is absolutely clear that through the Law of Evolution mankind evolved from single-cell organisms, and that all mankind originated in Africa. How can there be racism except in very ignorant minds? Just as there are laws not allowing people to vote below a certain age, there should be a law whereby adults must learn the facts before expressing their beliefs and opinions. Otherwise we will be in the chaos where we are now.
That is the connection between gods, religions, ethics, and morals. As I stated before, perhaps because most people have not deliberately chosen their gods and accept them on faith, their beliefs seem to be relatively weak and vulnerable to the large variety of god-alternatives, various types of emotional pressure, circumstantial necessities and hypocrisy. On the other extreme we have religious fundamentalism where the chosen religion becomes unrealistically orthodox with no respect for other religions, for scientific truth, and in extreme cases leading to the many absolutely horrendous criminal acts and massive destructive behavior we've seen throughout history.
JE comments: Tor, I don't know how many copies you've sold, but I certainly do not consider your God for Atheists a failure among the WAISitudes. You've generated much discussion and feedback. Even criticism is an essential part of the scientific process.
Kellyanne Conway's "alternative facts" quietly turned two on January 22nd. Will historians someday be studying the Era of Alternative Facts, like we now talk speak of the Gilded Age or the Greatest Generation?