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Rationalism

Rationalism is the belief that some or all knowledge is innate and not dependent on the physical senses. If we see a type of behavour and believe it to be wrong and do not think this reaction is based on our experience then this apperception is considered innate and therefore rational. When we choose one product over another or one way of life or belief over another we are expressing native or innate values. Rationalists believe we are influenced by our upbringing but our choices are untilately based on innate values.

Rationalists believe reason can discover truth. Indeed experience cannot explain interpretation. We all see the same world, how we interpret what we see is based on our innate values.

Empiricists argue that all knowledge is based on sense experience. But they cannot explain how our sensory impressions become thoughts nor how we think and react to what we see.

Nor does empiricism serve to provide understanding how the physical mind makes sense or creates order from these physical impressions and sensory experiences.

Empiricists favor using machines to gather information because machines do not let subjective factors influcence what is observed. A person who sees two people arguing and who likes one and dislikes the other is more likely to see the person they dislike as the aggresor. This is allowing ones subjective impressions or personal feelings to influence ones conclusions.

The Golden Rule is an expression of an innate sense of right and wrong. To do unto others as we would have them do unto us is to know right from wrong and to have a sense of shared universal values.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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