Wisdoms Hiding Place: Reaching Beyond Belief

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 This is a book about viewpoint.

Point of view can be physical, “I am facing south while you are facing north”.

Point of view can be rational, “I see this idea as true while your idea is false”.

Have two people stand back to back in strange surroundings and each will
ask the other what they see and will listen very carefully for the
information that can be gleaned from each other's replies.

Curiously, once we stand side by side, we begin to find some disagreement with each other. We might not disagree so much with what is viewed as with how
things are viewed. Yet we can still discuss differences in physical
viewpoint without viewpoint itself getting in its own way. But this is
not the case with rational viewpoints.

We tend to argue our rational viewpoints to our deaths and pursue the
deaths of others who dare see differently. We have little if any real
regard for the value of information contained within other rational
views. We call this conviction. We praise our steadfastness and laud
these beliefs as though they reveal something other than ignorance
beyond personal perspective. Yet, since God also seems to exist beyond
physical perspective, what might we inadvertently devalue through our
convictions? Yes, our values have religious implications that our
beliefs conspire to conceal.

Here I present the basics of realism and show how realism influences our
psychology, informs our values, and reveals a path forward that avoids
the pitfalls of belief.

It is my hope that we can learn to stand side by side while valuing back to back views.
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About the author

Born in 1958, Paul Gibson lives with his wife in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He studied philosophy at the University of Utah; has been a teacher and
small business owner.
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Jul 4, 2012
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Philosophy / Taoist
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