Concerning Dialogues, Evidence and Proof
Concerning Dialogues, Arguments, Evidence, Proofs
First, let me say that I am an atheist, an agnostic, a non-believer---all of these. So, I have no religious fantasies to defend.
Second, for some reason unknown to me, I have developed the habit of approaching all new ideas (new to me) with skepticism. I use whatever skills I have to analyze, reason and search for evidence. By “evidence” I mean that which can not be disputed by the vast majority of rational beings. That said, I realize that there will always be some who will dispute what I accept as evidence and who still think of themselves as rational. All of which goes to show that even concepts like “reason” and “rational” are somewhat subjective, thus leading to the conclusion that “evidence” comes down to that which most people believe is true. In this light, can there be proof of anything?
Third, All philosophical concepts begin with one or more premises. Since premises can not be proved to everyone’s satisfaction, it seems we are left with only the option of compromise to enable us to get along together.
Fourth, perhaps the only premise on which there is any possibility that most of us can agree is that nothing is certain. Those, who insist on maintaining that some things are certain, have their own problems to deal with.