RE: What is Freethought?
Thanks for the clip. Let me further illustrate my point based on the points given in the clip...
"Critical Thinking" – Do you think, people in different fields do not have critical thinking other then what the contemporary scientist do?
"Evaluating Information" – it is dependent on data, if the data is wrong, the result will be wrong. In my above example of rebirth, if one works on the premise that there is only single birth, all their analysis will be wrong if the single birth theory is wrong.
Reducing Biases from Culture and Upbringing – I gave the example of Judeo-Christian upbringing that causes the western scientist conclude in single-life worldview.
My question is if “freethought” is based on science, then the next question is -- is it based on a Judeo-Christian upbringing or Hindu upbringing for example?
"Guided by Knowledge and evidence that fit with reality even if it refutes our cherished beliefs" -- Lets do a reality tests, why do you think the contemporary scientist rely on the premise of single-birth theory even though it has no evidence? Why not the possibility of rebirth? Don’t you think they have a hard time to refute their cherished Judeo-Christian beliefs? Or are we not supposed to question scientist? – oops then it contradicts “freethought” right?
The reason I am giving this example is, today what we see is, the scientific perspective based on Judeo-Christian upbringing is taken for granted and any other perspective is opposed in the name of science or “freethought” which is purely nonsense and a sign of ignorance.
Another point of highlight is, science as it is known today has its many limitations. It works on invariable theories which do not have evidences. Thus a small shift in the base theory can break the whole foundation.... that even includes the possibility of shift from single-birth to many-birth viewpoint. Same goes to the evolution theory and the linier time model.
In contemporary science, human = body+mind, and they work on these premise, however the Hindu model is, human = athma(conciousness)+mind+body -- while the mind and body is perishable the athma do not. The scientific view (based on Judeo-Christian model) if flawed many of the existing scientific theories will collapse. This includes the evolution theory.
Thus talking about Analysis again, if the data is wrong (even if it is based on the current scientific theories) the conclusion is wrong.
So if you are talking about “freethought”, it is based on what data? Even scientific theories / data as it is known now are not perfect!!