Empirical Truth, Agreed upon Truth and Revealed Truth


The word “truth” is among the most diversely used, and abused, in our vocabulary. This essay’s purpose is to explore three ways in which that word is commonly used, the reasons for confusion between them, and how disciplining ourselves to distinguish between these kinds of perceived truth and thinking in terms of what can reasonably be inferred from each of them will be helpful. This approach is particularly useful in terms of understanding how powerful social groups, including religious organizations, create and maintain the perception that they have “the truth” in spite of empirical evidence that disconfirms their claims to a high degree of probability.

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2 thoughts on “Empirical Truth, Agreed upon Truth and Revealed Truth

  1. I think I have probably read about 90% of what you have written that still exists on the internet. You almost always write about things that I have spent a lot of time thinking about. It is always good for me to be able to add your point of view to my thoughts even if you are sometimes difficult for me to understand.

    Due to reduction in the amount of posts I have gotten the impression that your recovery has progressed to the point that you have found that there are better things to do than ponder on such deep subjects.

    You may want to edit the definition of “Agreed Upon Truth”. That sentence needs and ending.

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