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« on: Aug 21, 2017, 07:57PM »

Greetings fellow travellers through this world of ours.

This thread is one of a number of threads to discuss different perspectives people have of the world.  These perspecitives are called WorldViews.  My purpose in starting this series is to understand each others perspectives so I'm keen for you to fill out or correct the detail in the WorldView that correlates most closely with your perspective, or if you don't think there is one that matches you then start another.

This thread here explains whats going on:  http://tromboneforum.org/index.php/topic,101685.0.html

And the questions that I think give a good start to characterising the WorldViews are in item 15 of that thread.  (How do you link to a thread item?)

So here is what I think the WorldView: Optimistic naturalism (secular humanism) is.

God/ultimate reality:
   • Eternal or self-generated matter.
   • No god.
Cosmos/prime reality:
   • Uncreated.
   • Operates with a uniformity of cause and effect.
   • Closed system (miracles not possible because there is no god).
   • Everything is within the “box” of the universe.
Humans:
   • free yet “complex machines”.
   • Personality not yet understandable.
   • Appears to be nothing more than the interaction of physical and chemical properties.
Knowledge/revelation:
   • Possible to discover.
   • Important to effect progress.
   • Not divinely revealed.
Ethics:
   • Created by human consensus.
   • Autonomous (not dependent on any god).
   • Situational.
Death:
   • Extinction of consciousness, personality, and individuality.
History:
   • Linear stream of events linked by cause and effect.
   • No overarching purpose.
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