THE PRINCIPLE OF REASON
Sub-principles: honesty & objectivity
Reason is the arbiter of truth. We can know better the world if we assess what we encounter using our faculties of discernment: honesty and objectivity. Of course, these things are filtered through our won bias and the inertia of our current beliefs. But what can we do about these, except to strive to spot them and maneuver on towards the best model of truth we can muster.
It’s easy and tempting to find and follow and easier path. To abide simple belief, or tradition, or superstition, or dogma. Though these means are wholly unsatisfactory to anyone who truly cares if what they think is true is really true.
So be reasonable. Be honest. Be objective. But also be a poet and a philosopher, and a mystic and even a fool. But then always rest your hat on what you can discern is real. Never knowingly lie to yourself or others. Carry always your hat in your hand. Be ready to say to any “I didn’t know that” and then carry on in doubt.
Notes from my muse
Pseudoscience is the real fake news
When I first came to Siberia three years ago I’d always keep my little hatchet close by at night. Now I don’t even bring it to the desert. There are no mountain lion here. No wolves. No bear. No ghosts - despite this place being a ghost town - no monsters, no devils, no gods. There’s nothing to fear here but snakes, Black Widow spiders, the heat, my fellow man, and accident. And none of these - not even the fellow man - require a hatchet.