I’m going to be blogging through the worldview class I’m teaching for our homeschool coop through the next year in this series of posts. Each week I’ll post the class outline and notes.
Thoughts From this Week’s Class
- The Ft Hood Massacre, the Sikh Temple Shooting in Wisconsin (which I had mixed up with the Aurora shooting in Colorado), and the recent shooting at the Family Research Council.
- The correspondence theory of truth posits that I know what is true by examining reality as I find it using a combination of my senses, my reason, information from those who I trust (essentially revelation and relationship), and innate ideas. For instance, I have an idea in my head about what a circle should look like; when I examine a circle, I’m comparing it to this idea. Where did this idea of what a circle should look like come from? In the correspondence theory of truth, I propose (to my self) that certain things are so, and I set up a (personal) threshold above which I will accept something as true. I then examine the world around me for clues to the truth or nonthruth of that thing.
- Our worldview acts as a grid through which we see things; we rejects facts (no matter how plain) if they don’t match our worldview. This is called selection bias (so you’ll know what that term means if you ever run across it).
- When we combine the correspondence theory of truth with selection bias, we can see that the closer our worldview matches reality, the less selection bias we will have, and the closer we will come to seeing things as they really are. The less our worldview matches reality, the more likely we are to bias.