Theism is a mirror image to the term philosophy, which most often entails a set of beliefs operating in governments, science and overall guesses about reality. A person who ascribes to a particular point of view in science may call his or her self an atheist. "A" means anti and "theistic" means theism. Theism is a philosophy speaking to a certain group of belief systems that are ascribed to corporate religious structures such as Catholic, Baptist, Hindu, etc.
Theisms, theories, and philosophies are all systems of thought. Atheism, then should be the eradication of all this.
It is not.
Granted, science can puff out its chest and say, "we're beyond all that! We have the scientific method." And, what is the scientific method? It is a way in which to look at the world, which in the mind of many scientists is objective. By objective they mean their results are verifiable.
Yet, are they truly verifiable? Or is the scientist projecting his or her prejudices in the equation. This was questioned in the early part of last century during the study of the behavior of electrons in Quantum Physics studies.
It appears that subatomic particles appear as waves when not observed and as particles when observed. In other words, what a scientist sees is in relationship to his seeing. There is no "objective" universe out there with an "objective" mind in the head of the scientist. The construction of reality is a function of consciousness and one's conditioning.
So, if you took a tab of acid, LSD, your view of this article will change dramatically. What you see is a function and intercourse between your state of mind and what is on this screen.
So, what makes the LSD perception less real than that of a born again Christian who has seen God?
There is none. The universe is a function of our perceptions be we human, mouse or fly. Our perceptions in turn are defined by the dominant culture that includes the educational system, media, school, etc.
Ultimately, we are all co-creators, both women and men. There is no God "out there" running the show nor is it we that are running the show. The show we see is the result of everything. We operate more like a jam session than a well-rehearsed orchestra.
Rob is on target with his "bottom up" governance. Its how Nature operates.
Consider the process of conception. A fetus came to be due to several factors including the mom's and dad's moods on the evening or morning a baby was conceived, the versatility of the sperm and where the egg that became us was in relationship to our mother's menstrual cycle. In essence, the menstrual cycle is one with the lunar cycles, which are of a 28-day period.
Thus, the moon is a participant on whether or not a conception takes place. And if dad were a farmer and his crops were wiped out, would he be in the mood for love- making regardless of his testosterone levels? Probably not. He may be more likely to yell at the dog or put his fist through the windshield of his car. Pleasing his wife may not be his priority.
Once sperm and egg unite, the baby builds his or her own body. And, it does so via an interaction of the various cells with each other. So, a liver cell became a liver cell in relationship to what was needed in the entire body of the developing embryo. That liver cell has within it the knowledge for being any cell in the body. Yet, it became a liver cell due to the needs of the whole body.
In Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis, the same is true of the planetary systems that we rely on to breath and function. Everything is involved in the creation of the atmosphere. Thus we breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide while plants and trees do the opposite. We are not kingpins of the system but are cells within it.
Ponder on that for a while as we continue to go after the "isms" that have us in such a mess that includes a probable mass extinction.