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Stewart Gault


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What is the most awe inspiring fact you know?

Quite self explanatory really, To say one I love the idea that the carbon atoms in my fingers could have been part of a T-Rex at some point :)


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    Jun 3 2012: This is also a realization.

    All reasoning individuals, those that reason everything, question their own belief system continuously. Because they do, they are always in doubt of what is "right".

    All those who believe are never in doubt of what is "right".

    This means that those who live in doubt, are always in a state of weakness. And those who are in a state of faith are always in a state of strength.

    However, it is the reasoning doubting ones who are really strong because they can live in this weakness of strength and discovery. Just the fact that scientists have more cause to celebrate when a theory is disproved and a new paradigm is created.
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        Jun 4 2012: Thank you for your comment.

        I agree with "it is illogical to make any claim about "all" people in any grouping". I really meant to point towards the majority that sustains a major idea, be it science or faith. There may still be a problem with generalization here, however the idea is to find a common distinction between the scientific group (that strictly believes in science) and the other group (that largely accepts science in the paradigm of faith).

        So my understanding was, one would believe in something, only because there are reasons to believe in it.
        Once reasons run out, we turn to faith. As a result, we try to reason away any uncertainty with "faith".

        The advantage of uncertainty is, if we could learn to live with uncertainty, there is a greater chance that we would reach new answers and better questions, opposed to a situation where we do away with uncertainty with faith.
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      Jun 9 2012: Depends if what you have faith in is anything close to the truth or is useful.

      It is nonsense to state a made up an absolute truism like faith = strength.
      Doubt = weakness.

      Questioning has led to science and technology - medicine etc. What good has fundamentalism related to any dogma given humans.

      Certainty about things not backed up with reasonable evidence is delusion. It may be useful, it may not.

      Absolute faith in nonsense is potentially dangerous.

      I suggest what takes us closer to the truth is more useful than believing in nonsense.

      No issue with practical knowledge that can be proven e.g. I have two eyes.

      Faith in claims that are extraordinary without reasonable evidence, without evaluation is locking in ignorance.

      Give me healthy skepticism, reason and evidence any time over fundamentalist claims about what is true or right.

      I will give you that in some circumstances it is better to rely on your intuition and make a snap judgement e.g. in times of immediate danger. The rest of the time you are wasting that brain of yours if you don't question, if you don't reason, if you don't look for evidence etc.

      Your path of believing what you want to believe is true or right without evidence clashes with other equally ignorant assumptions. Sad really if you can not see that this stops us from learning, from dialogue and discussion about what is true and good etc.
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      Jun 11 2012: Guarav - "This means that those who live in doubt, are always in a state of weakness. And those who are in a state of faith are always in a state of strength"

      The opposite is true in my opinion. To have doubt is actually to have great strength.

      Voyages of discovery are seldom made entirely with the comforting assurances of the 'known'.

      “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” (Andre Gide).

      Faith and belief are not strengths. I think they are comforting, homely assurances for those who need to feel emotionally grounded somewhere, and who may NOT actually have the courage to leave that shoreline.
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        Jun 12 2012: Allan, I agree with you whole heartedly.

        I could not have better summaried my sentiments.

        I feel what you call "emotionally grounded" is what I meant by being in a "state of strength"... i.e. feeling strong, perhaps by feeling grounded, comforted or by believing in the fact that there is a god that is omniscient and therefore can protect from everything.

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