Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Empirical or Logical Truth
Gathering empirical evidence is not possible for abstract concepts like numbers and time. They are universal standards that are unable to create or live for themselves; they are no "creatures." But through deduction and arithmetic it is possible to distinguish even from odd, early and late, or to find the answer to two minus one. It is not possible to imagine another answer to these logical questions, so absolute logical truth exists.
There is a discussion, however, about alternatives to empirical truths. Is it possible to imagine miracles -- in other words, alternatives to the scientific fact that water boils when its temperature reaches 100 degrees Celsius, or that every object can only fall down and never up or sideways? Scientific thinkers usually do not allow exceptions to scientific facts and will say that such an exception violates the absolute truth of the laws of nature. Some religious thinkers say that God will make exceptions whenever He wills. And other religious thinkers don't even recognize the laws of nature, as those cannot dictate the Omnipotence of God. God is creator of these laws and can easily get rid of them. Is logical, absolute truth to be applied to the laws of nature? Gods Will cannot make three plus four nine, allow time to go back and drop objects upwards. I think divine allmight means that God can create anything within the limits of the absolutely possible.