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  •  Argumentation Skills and Self-Awareness

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     Get To Know Yourself As To Better Understand Yourself, Others, and Argue More Effectively

    Everything that we understand about ourselves and the world emanates from us, so best to first start with understanding ourselves and our place within it all.  This comes from the knowledge of our own cognition and the needs that we require to have our minds function at their utmost awareness that has the added benefit to allow us to maximize our own capacities.  This sounds complicated and it is, but I can boil it down to some simple charts on awareness that can get us all started on on a journey towards this self-awareness that leads to these understandings and better argumentation skills.

  •  Get To Know Yourself As To Better Understand Yourself, Others, and Argue More Effectively

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    First, let’s start off by understanding that there are things we all know, don’t know, and don’t know, we don’t know.  This is help defined by Johari’s Window.

  •  Get To Know Yourself As To Better Understand Yourself, Others, and Argue More Effectively

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    Great!  Now, let’s move on to our classification towards our beliefs on a god. We have our knowledge of a god’s existence, which is denoted by gnostic (with knowledge) or agnostic (without knowledge). Belief is a separate issue that we decide apart from the knowledge we feel that we have or do not have. This is denoted by theist (with god) or atheist (without god). By assembling these, we get our both our knowledge and belief designations as is related to a god.

  •  Get To Know Yourself As To Better Understand Yourself, Others, and Argue More Effectively

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    Now, let us apply this new understanding towards how our needs can affect these beliefs. Depending on where we are on this chart, it very well could affect our need or want for a god to exist. Look to see where you fall according to the levels below and decide whether or not your needs being met or not met are affecting your beliefs towards a god existing or not.

  •  Get To Know Yourself As To Better Understand Yourself, Others, and Argue More Effectively

    This greater self-awareness of ourselves and others psychology both in general and from a religious standpoint helps us to better understand why people believe what they do.  It has to with what we know, don’t know, and don’t know we don’t know about ourselves, our current level of needs being met, and our knowledge that everyone has blind spots that create limited understanding (We can always learn more and understand more completely).  This establishes our basic parameters, so we can now begin to formulate our own beliefs and begin to disagree with people in a healthy manner to expand understanding.  This leads us to logical fallacies and cognitive bias’s that create our worldview based on our limited, but growing understanding of reality.

Why Do Atheists Hate God?
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Why Do Atheists Hate God?

It’s hard to hate something we either don’t believe in or don’t think exists, so it’s rather a moot point. However, what many atheists have is a hatred for the character of god of a particular religious tradition. For example, I thoroughly dislike the God of Christianity, because he is capricious, cruel, vindictive, and petty. He slaughters people without merit and doesn’t even take the time to show humans how they can improve for him. I hate what that God embodies. I hate how that type of God makes people morally and intellectually bankrupt.

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What is The Difference Between Atheism and Agnosticism?

First off, it is important to realize that these terms are not mutually exclusive. Atheism is based on belief and means to be without a belief in god or gods. Agnosticism is based on knowledge and means to without knowledge of a god or gods. The “a” in both terms means to be without. Many people, like us here at Philosophical Atheism are agnostic atheists. We do not have knowledge of a god or gods, so our belief is that they do not exist due to lack of evidence.

What is The Difference Between Atheism and Agnosticism?
What Is Atheism?
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What Is Atheism?

Atheism is simply the position of lacking a belief in god or gods. Beyond that, Atheism can be divided into two types: gnostic or “strong” atheist and agnostic or “weak” atheist. A gnostic or “strong” atheist is a person that not only rejects belief in a god or gods, but goes further, claiming that they have knowledge that no god(s) exist. An agnostic or “weak” atheist is a person that rejects belief in god or gods, but suspends judgement as to whether there is knowledge of the existence of god or gods. Most atheists fall into the latter category.