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I trust in a rational belief system, built on facts and concepts, ultimately linked to observation and experience, which fit together in a coherent way as part of a useful (for making good predictions) logical framework.  Whether it be my own worldview —or a collective product of a multitude of minds (scientific consensus)—I see this framework as steadily evolving (improving!) based on feedback.  If they pass certain tests, I'm generally able to accept psychologically disturbing features of Reality (example: the finality of death) rather than deny them. I strive to separate fantasy from reality and not deceive myself.

More Information About This Worldview Theme--note this table is under construction, last update: August 2022

a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with: #201B Positive Expectations   to make Choice #1 in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:        is this theme new to version 4?--YES

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Worldview Watch issue #31, posted 3/26/2013: "God, Science, Faith"
Worldview Watch issue #27, posted 10/26/2012 Critical Thinking, Prayer,  and the Free Inquiry Path to a Worldview
Worldview Watch issue #20, posted 8/14/2011 Prayer, Reason, and Drought in Texas
Worldview Watch issue #14, posted 12/16/2010 Science and Theology: "The Humble Approach"

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

rationality evidence belief system
concept observation empirical evidence
worldview prediction logical reasoning 
Reality corrective feedback consensus reality
The Ionian Enlightenment scientific method Evidence Based Practice

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#2A   The True Believer #5B Vitalism #7B Magic #8B   Belief in a Personal God
 #9A   Religious Fundamentalism #9B  In God's Hands: Apocalypticism  #12A Polytheism, Animism, Pagan   #14A  Salvation & Moralistic God 
#14B Moral Arc of Universe/Karma/Reincarnation    #25   Evil is Out There #36B  Conspiracies   #4 Spreading Disinformation / Tactical Deception

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #201A: Evidence-Based

What Does it Mean to be Evidence-based? (from Oregon Research Institiute )
Scientific Faith Is Different From Religious Faith by Paul Bloom (from The Atlantic  Nov 24 2015)
“Faith-Based and Evidence-Based Thinking” (Nov 23 2015 post  from The Sensuous Curmudgeon)
‘Faith vs. Fact:’ why religion and science are mutually incompatible by Jeffrey Schloss (in The Washington Post Aug 3 2015)
Religion and vaccine refusal are linked. We have to talk about it.  By Julia Belluz (article posted on VOX June 19 2019)
“The Religious Right’s Hostility to Science Is Crippling Our Coronavirus Response”  By Katherine Stewart (article in The New York Times March 27 2020)
“The crisis reminds of the need for scientific evidence” by Ursula Bassler (article in The World in 2021 from The Economist)
7 million year old evidence of bipedalism by Ewen Callaway (from Nature, August 24 2022)

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