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In the playing cards scheme for classifying worldview themes*, themes associated with the diamond symbol involve how the individual relates to knowledge, including the basis for knowledge, the orientation adopted and tools used for acquiring more knowledge. These themes are loosely associated with "thinking" in the Thinking / Feeling / Joining / Doing way of looking at the world. 

META-THEMES (basic choices)

                    #101A OPEN-MINDED     or     #101B  CLOSED-MINDED?

  #201A  EVIDENCE-BASED    or     #201B  FAITH-BASED  ?

Select the worldview theme(s) below that you want to consider:          note the paired choices! 
(Note: If you start with the first one, we will lead you through each of them in turn with prompts to click on!)

#1A   Humbly Unsure 


#2B I Know What's Best For You ?
#2A   The True Believer


 #1B Skeptic ?
#6A Honesty Grounded


#12A Wishful Thinking  ?
#8A   Monotheistic Deism or #7A   Mysticism  ?
#7B Magic  or  #8B   Belief in a Personal God ?
#9A   Religious Fundamentalism  or #10   Secular Humanism ?
#5B Vitalism or #5A   Scientific Materialism ?
#6B   Scientific Method or #12B Creative Thinking ?
#11A  Fatalism or #11B Free Will ?
#15   The Group Think Imperative or #30    Intellectual Freedom ?
#9B In God's Hands: Apocalypticism or #13   Dancing With Systems ?

Related Questions for Worldview Development:   back to The Reality Marketplace

1) What is the basis for my knowledge?  

Related Worldview Theme #s: 6, 7A, 9A, 10, 12, 13, 34, 38

2) How do I justify my beliefs?   

Related Worldview Theme #s: 1B, 6, 9A, 15

3) With what level of certainty do I believe?  

Related Worldview Theme #s: 1A, 2A 

4) To what extent will I promote my beliefs?  How tolerant am I of conflicting beliefs? 

Related Worldview Theme #s: 2B, 30, 36A, 39B

5) What tools or methods will I employ in seeking new knowledge? 

Related Worldview Theme #s: 6, 7A, 7B, 9A, 12, 13, 30

6)  Why do I see what I see?  What reality generating mechanisms do I primarily rely on?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 3, 4, 6, 7A, 7B, 9A, 12, 15, 36B

7)  What is the nature of Reality? Specifically, what are things made of? Is there more to Reality than visible (or potentially visible) matter and its interactions (materialism), and if there is, what role should a non-material / spiritual component of Reality (vitalism) have in my worldview? 

Related Worldview Theme #s: 5A, 5B, 6, 7A, 12

8)  Do I believe in God?  If so, how do I conceive of God?

Related Worldview Theme #s:7A, 8A, 8B, 10, 14A

9)  Do I believe that God shares knowledge with human beings?  To what extent are the sacred books of various religions representations of such knowledge? 

Related Worldview Theme #s: 5A, 5B, 7A, 7B, 9A, 12

10)  How did the universe originate? Does it have a Creator?  Does the universe have a purpose?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 4, 5A, 5B, 8A, 9A, 10

11) Should I expect the end of the world as we know it any time soon?  What will eventually happen to life on Earth?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 4, 9B, 23A

12) Why am I here?  How did I come to be? Is there purpose or meaning behind human existence?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 4, 5A, 5B, 8A, 8B, 9A, 10, 14A, 14B, 25, 27, 44A

13)  Do human beings have real choice as to their actions / behavior, or is such behavior predetermined as part of a much larger scheme? 

Related Worldview Theme #s: 11A, 11B

14)  Is a reductionistic (breaking big problems into smaller more manageable ones) or wholistic (holistic) approach the best path to acquiring knowledge? 

Related Worldview Theme #s: 3, 4, 5A, 6, 7A, 12, 13, 25, 27, 46A

15) Do I see the universe as orderly or chaotic? Where do I see beauty? 

Related Worldview Theme #s: 4, 5A, 5B, 6, 7A, 7B, 8B, 9B, 12, 18B                                        

16)  Should free inquiry be encouraged?

Related Worldview Theme #s: 1B, 2B, 9A, 15, 20B, 30, 31, 34, 35A, 50A  

Thoughts to Take With You:  

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people are full of doubts. "
Bertrand Russell
"The traditional science and religion conflict is not really between the essence of science and the essence of spiritual growth.  The conflict is between arrogance and humility.  Whether you are a scientist or a mystic, if you don't have humility, if you assume that what you already know is absolute truth, then you're in for conflict."  Charles Tart 
"Where there is doubt there is freedom." old Latin proverb
"Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose arrogance." Frank Lloyd Wright
“The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” J.D. Salinger in The Catcher in the Rye
“The challenges they faced had taught them humility—the need to subsume their individual egos for the sake of the boat as a whole—and humility was the common gateway through which they were now able to come together and begin to do what they had not been able to do before.” from The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
"Dare to think for yourself !" from bumpersticker, author unknown
"The chess-board is the world, the pieces are the phenomena of the universe, the rules of the game are what we call laws of Nature." Thomas Huxley
"God is subtle, but He is not malicious...
God does not play dice with the world!"
 Albert Einstein
"Reality defies description...
Science alone is not enough."
Michael Crichton
The fundamental question is neither what the object of humanity’s faith will be nor how far it will extend, but rather how far you’re willing-and-able to test your most deeply held beliefs, and whether you’ll have the courage to change your conclusions to follow where the evidence guides. That is what separates science from anything faith-based, and why any faith-based belief system will never be considered scientific. Ethan Siegel 
" a matter of trust. Courageous trust in that ultimate belonging which you experience in your religious moments, in your peak moments. Faith is that inner gesture by which you entrust yourself to that belonging." David Steindl-Rast
"All science touches on art;
all art has its scientific side." 
Armand Trousseau
"Reason is the greatest enemy that faith has."  Martin Luther

"There is an enormous constituency of people who would hold that faith and reason are two routes to knowledge. It's a mistake to affirm that"

Steven Pinker
"Who are we? The answer to this question is not only one of the tasks of science but THE task of science." Erwin Schrodinger
 Dost thou reckon thyself only a puny form, when within thee the universe is folded?”  Bahá'u'lláh   (sufi mystic) 
"There is one Holy Book: the sacred manuscript of nature, the only scripture which can enlighten the reader." Hazrat Inayat Khan
"God Is Love...Love is life believing in itself"   Manitongquat
“My uniform experience has convinced me there is no other God than Truth”   Gandhi
"When I see the universe as a whole, it gives me a sense of longevity. I do not care about myself as I would otherwise, because of the big picture." Abraham Loeb

Caution: "As you shop in 'The Reality Marketplace' avoid spending your 'reality cash' too early,  before you have seen everything!” from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.

* In the alternate TFJD code scheme for classifying worldview themes, themes associated with diamonds generally (but not always!) tend to have higher T (thinking) scores.


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