In Defense of Truth and Reason

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This blog series deals with the importance of Truth and Reason in our daily lives. A key principle of Humanism is rational thinking.  In the current US political climate, truth is becoming more rare. This series will focus on a set of key questions related to Truth and Reason in our lives.

  1. What factors might a person consider to help determine how reasonable and logical a claim or statement is?
  2. What is a “Baloney Detector”?
  3. How does using reason and logic help people make good decisions?
  4. What are some fallacies held by millions of people that reason has overcome?
  5. What are some substitutes for using reason and logic?
  6. What are some of the world-wide problems affecting millions of people in which reason could play a beneficial role?
  7. Why don’t more people use reason and logic?
  8. What are the potential benefits to society if more people used reason?
  9. What are some of the characteristics of people who most often use reason?
  10. What are some of the characteristics of people who seldom use reason?
  11. What can I do to promote the use of reason?

 

The initial question is:

What factors might a person consider to help determine how reasonable and logical a claim or statement is?

The factors include:

Is it the truth? What evidence is there to support this claim?

Is the information supporting this claim verifiable? What proof is there that this claim is true?

What do the “experts” say about this claim?

Who’s making this claim? Why? How credible is the source of this claim?

Have any independent and reputable sources confirmed the “facts” they are using?

Is this claim reasonable? Is it logical?

Does it make sense to me? Is it fair?

Do the benefits outweigh the risks, costs, etc?

Is there an ulterior motive involved?


 

New York Times Recent Ad

Truth – It’s more important now than ever.

 

The truth is hard. The truth is hidden.

The truth must be pursued. The truth is hard to hear.

The truth is rarely simple. The truth isn’t so obvious.

The truth is necessary. The truth can’t be glossed over.

The truth has no agenda. The truth can’t be manufactured.

The truth doesn’t take sides. The truth isn’t red or blue.

The truth is hard to accept. The truth pulls no punches.

The truth is powerful. The truth is under attack.

The truth is worth defending. The truth requires taking a stand.

The truth is more important now than ever.


 

Some Additional Related Humanism Questions to Consider

What do humanists believe?

Humanists respect the role of science and base their beliefs on claims supported by evidence.

Anyone can be a good person without having a belief in a supernatural being. Believing in a supernatural is irrelevant to being a good person.

The effort to make a better world rests in the hands of humans. Although we humans may wish for a better world, we cannot expect assistance from a supernatural being that might not exist.

They believe that a person should want to be good and do good things, and that not believing in a supernatural is neither a barrier nor an excuse.

What do humanists not believe?

They tend not to believe in claims and events that cannot be proven.

They do not believe in supernatural beings such as angels, ghosts, gods, and devils.

They do not believe that to be a good person, one must believe in a supernatural being.

They reject dependence on the supernatural, resurrection, reincarnation, and divine books.

What are humanist beliefs based on?

Humanist beliefs are based on evidence and reasonable proof.

They consider if  this (belief, concept, etc.) has been good for mankind?