The non-apologists: to preserve education and the scientific endeavor
Posted by Leonardo E. Villavicencio, Secular Thinker, June 17, 2020 Leave a comment on the SECULAR THINKER international communities
We are humanists supporting rationalism and secularization. We promote the utilitarian, pragmatic and positive aspects of the scientific method. We’ve been creating social networks, discussion groups, and original content, as well as actively providing feedback within the secular community, since the early 2000s.
Our community includes active Historians, Philosophers, Psychologists, Linguists, specialists in Education, Artists and Humanists of all kinds. Many of our members are from Canada, New Zealand, the US, Mexico and Germany, but our communities have also grown in Brazil, Sweden, Japan, Thailand, South Africa, France, Qatar, Ukraine, Russia, Egypt, Ecuador, among other countries, especially places with a need for freedom of speech and ideas.
“Does current data seem unintelligible? New information may appear. Scientific hypotheses are falsifiable, therefore science is self-correcting.” – A message from the editor-
Christianity’s demand for “faith” suppressed the practice of science for almost two thousand years. Therefore, ancient scientists often had to try to document information without running afoul of Church authorities, sometimes codifying their findings the same way the church did, in images, in order to communicate with a research community. Many groundbreaking researchers were accused of heresy, burned alive or killed by stones. Even those who “repented” were, in many cases, imprisoned for life.
But with the scientific revolution a new cultural era emerged. Now, we’re here, and we demand better.
We applaud the love of traditional values, except when those ‘values’ are used as an excuse to oppose equality and freedom. We oppose the systemization of violence, misogyny, and homophobia.
Here, humanism, arts, sciences, technology, and education are celebrated.
Everyone can learn to be more polite and inclusive of others. We should be as caring as we are earnest. Life is something so precious and fragile; it is something absolutely worth valuing.
Secular Thinker started as a way to share the ideas of the past which encouraged free thought and paved the way for our rationalist lifestyles of today. Secular Thinker gradually also became a place to show those who feel isolated in the fight against dogma: they’re not alone, and they have never been. We have each independently recognized the need for freedom of thought, but here we can come together as like-minded individuals.
Even if some may suggest that the ancient Church enabled the emergence of protoscience, or, as we acknowledge, that the Church was responsible for the preservation and maintenance of many manuscripts of utmost importance, we still assert that the credit for scientific breakthroughs should go to the individuals who made these discoveries, rather than the institutions or dogmas surrounding them. What we now know as the “scientific method” is a logical extension of human curiosity and our drive to seek out knowledge. Even absent the backing of an institution with authority and resources, the individual need to discover facts will emerge as a driving force.
Unlike Christian apologists, who reach for tenuous arguments to support their superstition and dogma, we hold that the process of logic leads to an unshakable philosophical foundation for a secular view of our universe.
In all our writings on this site, we endeavor to be mindful of Hegel’s Philosophy of History, and when analyzing historical documents, to be both reflective and critical:
“Philosophy of History, Introduction, II. Reflective History
II. The second kind of history we may call the reflective. It is
history whose mode of representation is not really confined by the limits of the time to which it relates, but whose spirit transcends the present. In this second order a strongly marked variety of species may be distinguished.
3. The third form of Reflective History is the Critical. This
deserves mention as pre-eminently the mode of treating history now current in Germany. It is not history itself that is here presented. We might more properly designate it as a History of History; a criticism of historical narratives and an investigation of their truth and credibility. Its peculiarity in point of fact and of intention, consists in the acuteness with which the writer extorts something from the records which was not in the matters recorded.
G.W.F. Hegel, The Philosophy of History, page 17.
We are now creators:
-Philology & Philosophy of History-
This group provides a place for members to offer challenges to traditionally-accepted viewpoints, and to debate interpretations of the writings of the past. We encourage the ongoing application of philology, psychology, and other arts and sciences, to our understanding of history, in order to achieve a greater human knowledge: “…the humanistic philology that meticulously compared ancient sources and -cleaned up- the texts of important Christian writings was a serious challenge to the authority of the church. With new authorities or refined texts in hand, humanists found fault with established commentaries and questioned traditional interpretations…” (Robert Grudin). We continue to find fault and question the established and the traditional interpretations.
To uncover ancient knowledge wherever it hides.
To understand the evolution of language in order to better understand History.
To promote the Philosophy of History.
For love of Philology.
To preserve education, freedom of speechis the task of a Secular Thinker
and the scientific endeavour
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