Human consciousness is still very immature. We appear to have a psychological need to deceive ourselves. We pretend to have answers about the most fundamental issues - the nature of reality - when we have only more questions. We emotionally depend on such delusions. Obvious examples are the virulent religious antagonisms fueling 21st century terrorism and the disruptive divergences, often leading to violence, in most societies. Wealthy elites and sectarian cults have gone beyond traditional class barriers to separate themselves from many forms of "The Other." They build fortress neighborhoods and use divisive social policies to insure they are not "contaminated" by those who are different. Let's pose the question "Why is it so difficult to get agreement on important global issues?" If two reasonable people have the same facts about an issue, should they not draw the same conclusions? The answer is "No." When two humans discuss any issue, they are likely to do so through two different - even mutually exclusive - a priori sets of assumptions or beliefs about the nature of reality and the human place in it. For all perceptual, emotional, and behavioral purposes, they live in two different realities. With such species dissociation, different groups are psychologically unable to draw compatible conclusions from the same fact. The worldview is central to individual consciousness, and imposes a personal order on the data perceived by both physical and intuitive senses. Such a mechanism is essential to human functioning. Without this core set of assumptions, the psyche would break up from the centrifugal forces of conflicting perceptions. Because worldview assumptions derive from history and cultural practices, they are mutable through experience or new learning. We can change them through a rational transformation of specific beliefs. Sometimes such transformations can also be stimulated by powerful subjective experiences. In either case the person considers and tests alternatives (based on new inner or external evidence) to his or her ingrained worldview. However, such change is not easy and requires several steps of conscious reevaluation and change. Thus, the citizens of the United States (and most large nations) are deluding themselves by thinking they understand each other. The reality is that they live in widely divergent realities. To the extent groups believe their concept of "god," by whatever name, and their "god's word" (as interpreted by them) is The Truth, they set themselves apart from all others with no less certainty than Babylonians who worshiped Ba'al and Hebrews who worshiped Yahweh 3,000 years ago. No wonder the Muslim Quran, from the third and newest of Western religions after Judaism and Christianity, describes polytheism as a path to Hell.…
Was the reporting of the news story clear and accurate, with sufficient depth and breadth?
Were some facts reported and other facts ignored?
Did the story consider alternative perspectives and worldviews?
Were there any questionable assumptions implicit in the story?
Were any implications ignored while others were emphasized?
Why is it important to make distinctions when undertaking a critical evaluation?
How would you evaluate…
Worldview Writing Assignment Part 1
What is a worldview?
I believe a worldview is someone’s outlook and perception on life. It is how they see the world around them and how they let it influence them. I strongly believe that the way a person chooses to live their life reflects their very view on the world and how they see life. (Word Count 52)
What is my worldview?
I live my life with a Christ-centered worldview. I am extremely careful when making decision because I want…
*Analytic unit: state is the principal actor.
*View of actor: state is unitary actor.
*Behavioral dynamic: in its foreign policy, the state is a rational actor seeking to maximize its own interest or objectives.
While realist recognize that nonstate actors exist, non state actors are not as important because, ultimately, they are responsible to state or are vulnerable to state action.
Anarchy: the absence of a higher authority. The absence of a high authority requires state…
Dr. Jim Uhley
Christian worldview is distinguished by portraying our universe, individualism and at unlocking the issues we find ourselves in. Thoughts and opinions that society hold perpetually, move their logic and demeanor. Worldview/life-view are opinions and living views that affect your mind, body and your daily life. Looking at worldview it is a point of view. It can be values, emotions, ethics, cultural, etc. It is how someone interprets…
Secular worldview vs. Christian worldview
Everyone has a worldview. Even if a person thinks that they don’t they do. The meaning of the word worldview is a comprehensive view of the world and human life. There are certain types of world view.
Secular worldview is a comprehensive view of the world from a materialistic, naturalistic standpoint. Secular worldview is the worldly view rather than spiritual. Many people consider themselves as Christians. The Christian worldviews is declining and is…
What is Reality?
The question that I will be addressing is the nature of reality, specifically theories/arguments involving Metaphysical Realism and Anti-Realism. Taking the anti-realist position on the nature of reality I will support that consciousness is fundamental, and that the material universe is derivative from consciousness, (not consciousness from the material universeidealistic). I will present the anti-realist perspective on reality using the metaphysical assumptions of quantum…
COURSE DESCRIPTION: COM 422
PRESENTED BY: CHERYLINE MWENDE WAMBUA 09-1156
PRESENTED TO: MR. FRANCIS CHISHIMBA
DATE DUE: 17th MARCH 2010
A world view is the fundamental cognitive orientation of an individual or society encompassing natural philosophy, fundamental existential and normative postulates or themes, values, emotions, and ethics. It is also said to be (to a varying…
Assumptions & Fallacies
March 2, 2014
Assumptions & Fallacies
1) Assumptions are conclusions drawn from data obtained. Assumptions are not always fact based, and they are more times likely not to be accurate. Individuals make assumptions all the time. An assumption is the time in which an individual thinks they realize what is going on without looking for far into it. This generally happens when someone just knows some piece of the story, and a majority…
Personal Worldview Essay
My worldview has been shaped and expanded over the course of my lifetime by many different influences. My family, friends, coworkers, teachers, and even strangers have made impacts on my life that have in one way or another changed how I view society and the world around me. The three main components that help to form my worldview are Ethics, Human Nature, and God, because they molded my thoughts, experiences, education and life decisions.
I feel the strongest…