Logic’s Last Stand

May 23, 2008

My Values

Filed under: Life, Philosophy — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Zurahn @ 11:03 pm

Religions have the ability to assert themselves without evidence, coherency or logic, yet be declared as absolutely true. By this reasoning, then, all something needs to be granted the respectability of religion is to be presented in writing. So, I am here to present my own religion of sorts — a complete, workable set of rules to be followed.

Personal Rules of Conduct

  1. Acceptance of a hypothesis requires evidence to the extent that its factuality is beyond a reasonable doubt, and is further subject to investigation and disregard should contradictory evidence be offered.
  2. Decisions must always be made with a backing of sound logic.
  3. Opinions, if offered, must also be offered logically and with evidence suiting the situation.
  4. Respect of any belief is not requisite, and is always subject to criticism, providing such criticism fits the bounds of this doctrine.
  5. Opinions must be offered without solicitation.
  6. Respect of a person is granted up until the point of ignorance as defined by this doctrine.
  7. Lying is applicable only if it offers protection against unreasonable judgment or persecution as defined by the rules of this doctrine.
  8. Pride is positive up until the point it opposes good will.
  9. The use of investigation for the progression or this doctrine and all other achievements regarding the advancement of knowledge, technology and the furtherment of humankind is explicitly encouraged.
  10. Faith–acceptance of a hypothesis without evidence–is ultimately harmful and should be considered as such.
  11. Irrationality–disregard of logic–is ultimately harmful and should be considered as such.
  12. This doctrine–aside from this single element–is now, always and forever subject to scrutiny and modification for the betterment of all.

Parameters of logic

  1. Logic under no circumstances can be disregarded or overridden, even in the hypothetical event of a logical conclusion of disregard of logic to improve happiness or other positive means.
  2. It is logically permissable to presume others do not desire pain, anguish, suffering, or death unless explicitly stated to reach a logically sound task that is not self-referrential.
  3. Proof is not requisite to acceptance of a hypothesis or theory, only reasonably adaquate evidence.

If you believe in a religion, please present why your rules of living are more practical, moral or reasonable than the ones you see here. By my own doctrine, this is something that should be encouraged. Perhaps we I can improve my own rules (sorry you’re so stuck in place).



  1. “Opinions must be offered without solicitation.”

    “Lying is applicable only if it offers protection against unreasonable judgment or persecution as defined by the rules of this doctrine.”

    Both of these could get me into a loooot of trouble.

    Also, in order to create a new hypothesis for something neither proven nor disproven prior, you must believe and have faith in something enough to try it.

    Comment by Dustin — May 24, 2008 @ 10:29 pm

  2. Hypothesis is the suggestion of a possible reason to describe a set of facts. A theory is a hypothesis supported by evidence. Hypotheses are offered when there are unexplained facts for the sake of testing to see if it yields a theory.

    Faith is a descriptor for belief without reason. There are two things wrong with your suggestion of faith:
    1 – A hypothesis, while unsupported, is going to be presented for some kind of reason.
    2 – There is no acceptance of the factuality of a hypothesis until the evidence supports it.

    Comment by zurahn — May 24, 2008 @ 10:41 pm

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