Monthly Archives: September 2012

Of what is religious experience evidence?

A very common argument for the truth of religion is religous experience. This can be in the form of personal revelation, less specific feelings of a divine presence or presences, experiences of the afterlife or the living world while near death and other various experiences that are claimed by some as evidence of the truth of their religion. What weight should such experience be assigned as evidence, and what is it evidence of?
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Why we disagree…

In a heated argument, I can find it very easy to think that my opponent is simply being unreasonable. This may actually be the case, as we humans are not perfectly rational beings even on our best days. But if the topic of discussion is a matter of fact rather than opinion, then it can hardly be reasonable to agree to disagree. In fact, Aumann’s agreement theorem demands this, for rational persons under certain restrictions. It’s not practically applicable in everyday life, but its conditions suggest other sources of disagreement.
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