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Friday, 27 March 2009 17:21

What Is Reasonism?

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When I was writing The Tyranny Of God in 2008, I was looking for a word that can define my philosophy. Defining myself as an atheist did not seem the right fit for many reasons. I looked for the right word. There were rationalism, positivism, existentialism but they all have an existing history given to them by previous thinkers and authors. Then I realised that what the religious mind prioritised was faith over reason. Ultimately, the religous mind rejects and accepts any reasonable proposition based on their religious faith. Therefore, there was such a thing as Faithism. What I was advocating was more a philosophy of reason over faith. I was a Reasonist. On matters beyond our understanding, it is more reasonable to believe in things for which we have good evidence rather than believing things simply by a asserting their truths as a matter of faith. It is therefore a way of reasoning without resorting to faith and superstition.

Reasonism is therefore a philosophy based on the following statement:

For us to believe in something, we must have good reasons to believe it. A reason is a good reason if it is based on intelligent ideas. Ideas are intelligent if they have the power to predict. We can only predict when we acquire the knowledge we need that are close to the truth, allowing us to arrive at models and theories that help us make predictions. To do this, we need to use good information. Good information is something that is based on good evidence. Good evidence must be understandable, relevant, reliable, independently verifiable, comparable and consistent.

- Marquez Comelab, The Tyranny Of God, p258.

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