Atheism is an answer. To only one question: “Is there a God?”
In my words, atheism’s answer is “very probably not.” Or, more specifically, “The only correct answer to the God question (current evidence considered) is ‘very probably not.'”
But what of life and love? What of morality? What of government? There are a million other important questions, and atheism answers none of them, except to say “the religious answer will not be reliably right.”
To find a whole worldview, something that guides us in other areas of life, we have to step outside the context of the God question, and ask other questions. We need something that helps us get the right answer to the God question, and then proceeds to help us get the right answer to all the other questions.
We need to be more than atheists. We need to be rationalists.
If we are rationalists, we will find true answers to our questions. As rationalists, we will become atheists if we ever bother to ask the God question, because atheism is the right answer to that question.
But if we are only atheists, we may never find the right answer to other questions. We may not be any more right about government, or economics, or morality, or love, or success than anyone else is.
There is much on this site which moves beyond the scope of atheism, and into the wider field of wisdom and clear thinking. I care less about what people believe, and more about the process they use to determine their beliefs. If the process is sound, the right answers will come in time. If your process is sound, then when you and I disagree, it may just as likely be because I am mistaken as because you are.
And, in short, if the world learns the process of finding right answers to important questions, then we can answer and solve the be done with the problems that plague our world. People will become powerful to make of their lives what they want, to lift themselves up out of chaos and carve their lives into the shape of their heart’s desires. We will take the chaos which is given us, and reshape it in our image. And be done with it.
And then we will move on to the world. We will make the sacrifices necessary to save it. We will cast the votes, spread the ideas, support the research that will fix a broken world.
The true problem, behind every other problem, is our own ignorance. We are ignorant as to how we can solve the million-sided Rubik’s Cube of problems before us. If we can solve our ignorance, we can solve every other problem.
To learn how to find the right answers, and relinquish wrong answers, look in the “Thinker’s Communities” on the main menu.
The basics of the art include
- Learning to control your motivated thinking.
Do you look for evidence in favor of both sides of an issue, or just for your side? Do you examine both sides just as closely for flaws, or do you cut yourself a break?
- Learning to see beliefs as probabilities, and using Bayes’ Theorem to understand exactly how the probabilities shift as they incorporate every piece of new evidence.
Do we rehearse already-known arguments in favor of ideas we support to avoid changing our minds about it? Do we defend our beliefs from being changed by the evidence? Each piece of evidence should affect a belief’s probability a little.
- Understanding that the map is not the territory. That your beliefs, judgments, and feelings of certainty tell you something about your mind, and not necessarily about reality.
Does your brain tell you unpleasant things about yourself or others? Does it tell you that there’s no way you’re wrong about certain things? Those are interesting facts about your brain, but they may not tell you anything true about yourself, others, or the world.