Reason and Religious Beliefs 7.1

Some of the questions Professor McShane explores in the seventh lecture:

  • What is science? What is scientific?
  • Are ideas more real than what we see?
  • Can a definition be seen?
  • Is faith a conviction of friendliness?
  • Does faith seek understanding?
  • Is the Spontaneous “I” ethical?

McShane remarks on death in the 20th Century and the zombification of children. He claims that real science is when you do not have a hypothesis, but you have a puzzle. He talks about useful ways to think of Plato’s Cave with props (like K = CUE : Knowledge = Correctly Understanding Experience).  He adds that it is a terrific gain to realize you are not understanding, and recognize when you are not being human and not being treated as human.

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