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Worldview 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.

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

#1   Humbly Unsure  / Skeptic #10   Secular Humanism
#2   The True Believer  / I Know What's Best For You #11   Fatalism / Free Will
#5   Scientific Materialism/ Vitalism #12   The Artistic Worldview
#6   Scientific Method #13   Dancing With Systems
#7   Mysticism / Magic  #15   The Collective Cognitive Imperative
#8   Monotheism / Belief in a Personal God #30    Intellectual Freedom
#9   Religious Fundamentalism  / Apocalypticism                back to The Reality Marketplace

Related Questions for Worldview Development:  

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:  

"Where there is doubt there is freedom." old Latin proverb
"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
" 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
"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


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