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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 MIND OPEN, VISION GLOBAL     or     #101B  NARROW-MINDED FOCUS?


Select the version 5.0 worldview theme(s) below that you want to consider:  note the paired choices! 

#201A Evidence-Based      

choice #1


#201B  Positive Expectations

#101A Mind Open, Vision Global         

choice #2


#101B Mind Narrowly Focused

#1A   Humbly Unsure 

choice #3


#2B I Know What's Best For You

#1B Skeptic

choice #4


 #2A   The True Believer

#8A   Monotheistic Deism

choice #5


#8B   Belief in a Personal God

#7A   Mysticism 

choice #6


 #12A Polytheism, Animism, Pagan  

 #6A Orderly & Explicable

choice #7


 #7B Magic

#9A   Religious Fundamentalism 

choice #8


#10   Secular Humanism          

#5A   Scientific Materialism

choice #9


#5B Vitalism

#6B   Scientific Method

choice #10


#12B Non-Rational Knowing

#11A  Fatalism

choice #11


#11B Free Will

#15   The Group Think Imperative

choice #12


#30    Imagination, Curiosity, Intellectual Freedom         

#9B  Simply In God's Hands: Apocalypticism

choice #13


#13  Complexity--In Our Hands:  Dancing With Systems       

Thoughts to Take With You:  

"Dare to think for yourself !" from bumpersticker, author unknown
"Religion trains believers to practice self deception, shut out contradictory evidence, and trust authorities rather than their own capacity to think."  Valerie Tarico
"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
"The balance between doubt and certainty, between open-mindedness and closed mindedness, is what I call skepticism." Michael Shermer in The Science of Good & Evil
"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
"Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts" Daniel Patrick Moynihan 
"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
"Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.” Richard Feynman
"If you think you create your own reality, real reality will come back to bite you in the ass."  Steve Mirsky
in Scientific American December 2020 issue
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
"One's faith qualifies and gives tone to one's entire way of interpreting, reacting to, and taking initiatives in the world. It is the awareness, the intuition, the conviction of relatedness to something or someone more than the mundane." James Fowler
"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
"Your comfort zone is your own worst enemy"  Barry McCarthy, CEO of Peloton, 2022

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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