Worldviews__Truth(2) - Beliefs We all have innumerably many...

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Beliefs We all have innumerably many beliefs. But some of our beliefs are more central to our worldviews than others.
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For example, suppose that you learned that: 1. There was a pink Cadillac on MLK this morning. 2. Some compounds in orange juice are bad for us. 3. A primitive ‘photograph’ was taken during the 13 th century. 4. Germany invaded France today. 5. The ‘moon landing’ was a hoax.
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Or even ‘weirder’: 6. Jesus was actually a space alien. 7. There is a city at the center of the Earth. 8. The stars are actually light bulbs in the sky. 9. Your parents are really visuo-tactile holograms.
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The first couple of beliefs you probably didn’t have when you walked in to class. But if you were to acquire them, the rest of your beliefs would probably not change much. As we move further down the list, more of our beliefs will tend to be changed, or at least seriously called into question. A worldview, we might say, is a collection of beliefs that are interconnected in such a way that some of these beliefs are so central to the rest of the scheme that if they were given up, much of the rest of it would be called into doubt or even become likely false. Accepting some of the claims after about 5 would force many of us to rethink assumptions such as that what we are taught in schools is largely correct.
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Worldviews and the Physical Universe Developments within recent centuries have dramatically changed the way vast numbers of human beings think of the Earth and its physical universe. The change in perspective accompanying the shift from the Aristotelian to the Copernican views was perhaps the most profound such shift. It may be the most profound change in intellectual history.
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The Aristotelian Worldview The Earth is at the center of the universe. There are four sublunar elements; each has its ‘natural place’, which explains how things in our vicinity move when not ‘forced’ to move unnaturally. (Such things naturally move in a straight line up or down.) The fifth element, aether, is unchangeable.
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