The idolatry of ideasIdeas cannot be absolute if we want to improve ourselves. When an idea or theory becomesdogma immedia...
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The idolatry of ideas

  1. 1. The idolatry of ideasIdeas cannot be absolute if we want to improve ourselves. When an idea or theory becomesdogma immediately closes the door to intellectual progress. Scientific proven truth can stayunquestioned until someone finds something new or is tested in a different way, then it changesand develops producing something useful and a contribution to humanity.For a conversation to be constructive and contribute to any final conclusion useful, the arguingcan be done Socrates way. Socratic dialogue is when dealing with an open mind withoutthinking about having the absolute truth and be humble enough to be convinced by the otherperson. If not, which is the purpose of the conversation?, only to convince the other personabout what I think to impose my point of view? to push for an agenda?So to satisfy my ego andimpose in the worst case scenario) or to feel I’m the answer of someone else search, “only I canhelp you he can not help me”. The university professors say sometimes they learn from thestudents, this is an attitude of respect toward the person we’re addressing with knowledge ordeal with an issue, the other opinion is valued even if it contradict ours and we be genuinelywilling to accept if it shows that it is a better position than our own. If we submit to that processit is because we are confident that our position is a strong one. if we do well and defend andogmatized idea tooth and nail means there’s insecurity on our position. Of course this can onlybe based on evidence, logic and reason inherent in the mind and human nature.The human being has spiritual needs and that search is satisfied in everyone differently. This isincluded in the Sermon on the Mount spoken by Jesus in the gospels, though this is a literalinterpretation has much wisdom in this case because it serves as a source of wisdom not toimpose ideas on others. (buscar cita) The difference between common and scientific thinking isthat common thinking is universal and uses own experiences and other’s to solve certainproblems, but distorts the information through personal motivations and prejudices, whilescientific thinking which is also universal use a standardized method for creating so-calledscientific knowledge based on the observation to serve humanity. (cita Durk)