We can ALL agree that 2+2=4 but predictions in subjective & complex topics are very uncertain so disagreement is a GOOD sign of free thought?

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  • 7 days ago

    Actually, you're on to something, and yes. Unpredictability, uncertainty, creates certainty, through individual thought, through free will :)

    The only way to come to know things is to learn, and learning in itself is the process of freedom :)

  • 4 weeks ago

    Thought that isn't logic isn't free, so thoughts that are free are able to see the truth. Hypothesis and speculation, as in philosophy, is conjecture and doesn't necessarily involve facts or truth. Truth is what is, the facts, which doesn't have speculation.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    NOT ALWAYS. "Free thought" is not necessarily appropriate, constructive or "good" in every situation.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Turns out that most of the things people view as complex and subjective are the emotional things. What is the nature of love? Why does one marriage work and another fail? What is the decent and right thing to do? Etc. The good news/bad news on that is that those things are well-ordered too. As we get older, those things come into clearer view, for most people, and they are not so subjective and complex after all. People just don't attend to them.

    • Hercules4 weeks agoReport

      I was specifically referring to predictions 

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  • Sky
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    4 weeks ago

    Sure, disagreement is a good sign of free thought, provided both sides listen to each other and consider what the other has to say even if they still ultimately disagree. But when it comes to math, numbers and mathematical functions all define (or are defined by) very specific things that all people using the system of math must understand and agree on for it to work. If 2+2=whatever the hell people want it to equal then it's impossible for math to work. Math is pure logic with each argument (the mathematical function) preceded by very strict and agreed on premises. There can be no alternative interpretations or disagreements in definition or it falls apart.

    • Hercules4 weeks agoReport

      Sure, which is why I specifically mentioned subjective topics 

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