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  1. What is faith?

    Wait, what? Oh, I see...self is the higher power? Therefore, self realization is believing in self as the higher power at the center of one's reality?
  2. What is faith?

    If I now understand correctly, belief in a higher power is essential to your idea of faith because believing in something greater than self gives meaning to our reality and self realization. This idea, if I understand your view, gives meaning by compelling us to be or become something greater than what we think we are. Therefore, your idea regards a type of personal mental mantra for life that's driven solely by belief rather than anything particularly tangible. I think its human nature to believe in something greater than self, we are born into this world helpless and reliant on parents who are far greater and more powerful than we are at birth. Although most of us eventually mature into our own and leave our parents for our own life and family, many of us remain psychologically dependent on the enveloping feelings of being cared for and guided by a parental force, a force greater than self. Perhaps in this we might understand faith and why so many of us have it.
  3. What is faith?

    I'm curious, how does your idea of faith specifically answers that question?
  4. What is faith?

    You must certainly understand that faith is an answer literally without substance. Faith is immaterial at its core and it wouldn't be faith otherwise. It's a mental placebo humanity takes to salve an intangible hurt or satiates a curiosity uncomforted or inconvenienced by the truth. Faith doesn't answer the questions science does when those asking the questions want answers based on legitimate evidence.
  5. What is faith?

    My thinking is that it wouldn't be faith if it tried. The strength and weakness of faith is ignorance of truth--it's that miraculous pill that seems to cure our ills until we learn it's just sugar.
  6. What is faith?

    If I understand correctly, you appear to be advocation the existence of a higher power or intelligence as an essential component faith and why you have it. Although I agree that some responses here haven't been as tactful or civil as they could have been (e.g; equating faith with clinical delusion), scientific discussion demands critical and rigorous evidence for the ideas we espouse. As I stated previously, I don't believe people of faith are all deluded; however, I do believe in evidence for our ideas that can withstand withering criticism. Though some comments in this forum make it seem so, it isn't personal--it's just science.
  7. What is faith?

    Therefore, your perspective of faith is in the choice of one among many ideas impacting one's perceived worldview. Of what value is such faith when the idea believed comprises nothing more than one among a collection of notions without foundation in anything remotely or substantially real, proven, or provable?
  8. What is faith?

    What you seem to be advocating here is, essentially, the incorporation of either an untruth or unprovable ideal into one's worldview. Personally, I consider holding a worldview based on untruths or unprovable ideals untenable. A basis, for me, necessitates provability. Otherwise, believing in what's not or can't be proven will most certainly lead to self deception.
  9. What is faith?

    To believers, in some instances, faith is enough because it doesn't require an explanation--just belief. However, believing doesn't necessarily make what is believed truth especially to those of us who desire proof or evidence before acceptance. In other words, faith isn't truth because truth demands real and tangible evidence.
  10. What is faith?

    Faith seems to support or fills the void in that someone's understanding of reality where reason, evidence, or comprehension is insufficient or where same doesn't sufficiently satisfy his or her expectations. Faith appears to evolves from a conclusion by believers that aspects of their reality are too exact or miraculous to be random or the result of some definable process within the scope of their understanding. They'd rather exist in the mystical or believe in the magical rather than accept the ordinary or consider the mundane. Because they are so taken by the magic, they can't or won't envision or consider anything less than the magical.
  11. What is faith?

    If I may comment on this previous post, the legitimacy of faith resides in its psychological effect, which isn't dissimilar to the effect of delusion. Faith is a quality of mind that isn't based on anything considered scientifically legitimate or tangible. It emerges, IMO, as a stopgap for lack of knowledge, insight, or understanding most often amid exigent circumstances. Delusion, conversely, is distinguishable by its established association with mental illness. I don't think it's fair to suggest that all people of faith are all mentally ill and, frankly, I don't believe they are. They are, I feel, mostly misguided or unwilling to investigate beyond their Eden of ignorance that so comforts them or to which they've grown so accustomed.
  12. What is faith?

    The topic is "What is faith" and why you have it. The "why" implies some of us may have reasons for having faith. Your reason appears to be what you believe is the absence of answers to questions you consider fundamental. In this way, you perceive faith as a bridge between what is known and what is unknown or unknowable. However, this perception merely shows how you use faith rather than how you define faith. By definition, faith is the antithesis of reason and religious faith is the antithesis of scientific methodology. Faith is belief without reason, basis, evidence, or need for same. Science and faith are not the same in that reason, reasoning and evidence are essential to the nature of science. Without same , it isn't science. There are reasons for the emergence of religious faith and those reasons may be tangible to believers. However, reason, reasoning and evidence aren't essential to the nature or foundation of religious faith. So my feeling is that the religious faithful visit science discussion sites to test their metal as an emulation of Daniel in the lions den. What they don't seem to perceive is that this confrontational desire to engage these websites is an expression, ironically, of their lack of faith. Their insecurity in their beliefs, IMO, compels a desire for confirmation akin to being surrounded by a pride of hungry lions yet remaining unscathed and steadfast in their faith.
  13. Hate is hate no matter your politics.

    Racist insults, regardless of context, is never about "someone." It's about using a false and humiliating opinion of a "people" as a weapon. Emerging from the least evolved among us, any and every expression of racism is an insult and assault on a people, on humanity itself.
  14. Origin of your UserName?

    From the title of my first book, The Dream Document. It was a clumsy attempt at publicity for my book at various websites many years ago when I believed I knew all there was to know about dreams and dreaming--frankly, I did not.
  15. What is faith?

    If I understand correctly, nature affirms your faith. That affirmation, as you've further explained, is supported by what you've perceived as a continuous cause and effect process evident in the quantum nature of space time. I can't say that what you're conveyed here is entirely clear to me but it seems that science, based on your use of terms, is in someway central to what you believe. Is it fair to say that no conflict exist between your notion of science and your beliefs?