Religion: the useless hypothesis / J.C.A

I have relatives in the area, and at least one has been contacted by enough people (sadly, I expect some of them were my Tea Party relatives) from around the country telling him to “go help them” that he snapped and posted a magnificent rant on Facebook. He wasn’t nearly as polite as your friend.

Bibliographies - Critical Survey of the Literature on …

But if we must needs fix on some hypothesis; by what rule, pray, ought we to determine our choice?

Works by J. C. A. Gaskin - PhilPapers

If one would know the number of people who ever have done something in Scn (the number of folders would show it) and have LEFT compared to the number of Scientologists that are in (not taken into account how many are UTR due to the threat of disconnection) it would be proof that Scn and Hubbard’s ‘tech’, including the PTS/SP ‘tech’, does not work.

the Natural History of Religion

It is evident that the foundations of this argument rest with therelated causal principles that everything must have a cause or groundfor its existence and that no effect can have any perfection that isnot also in its cause. To deny either of these causal principles is,on Clarke's account, to reject the more general principle that“nothing can come from nothing” (a principle that theatheists such as Lucretius have themselves acknowledged). In theTreatise Hume develops an account of causation that directlycontradicts these causal principles. Contrary to the causal maxim,Hume maintains, it is entirely possible for us to conceive ofsomething beginning to exist without any cause. To deny this impliesno contradiction or absurdity and, therefore, this principle isneither intuitively nor demonstratively certain (T,1.3.3/78–9). Granted that this is correct, it follows that we cannotshow that it is inconceivable or absurd to deny that the wholeuniverse requires some distinct and independent ground or cause of itsexistence. From this it follows that it is conceivable or logicallypossible that there exists a causal series that came into existenceuncreated or has always existed without any further cause or groundfor its existence. This is not to say that the world is created orproduced by nothing; nor is it to say that the world was produced byitself — as both these claims would be absurd. All that isclaimed is that it is conceivable that the world is not created orproduced or the effect of anything. On this view, as far as we cantell a priori, the world may have come into existence without anycause whatsoever. There is no contradiction or absurdity in supposingthis.

Steve Cannane probably posted it on the ABC website to supplement the story he did about Paulette and the book about that time.
But when I came into this parish, and had to teach ignorant people, I was wholly at a loss; I had no furniture.

Unbeliefs A and C.2 GASKIN religion.

-- L W Rogers
AmerTh y1941 v29 i7 July p155 - For the Sake of the World -- anon
AmerTh y1941 v29 i7 July p156 - Fifty-fifth Annual Convention Program, 1941 -- anon
AmerTh y1941 v29 i7 July p158 - Summer School Program -- anon
AmerTh y1941 v29 i7 July p160 - Biography of a Lodge Part XVII -- Ann Werth
AmerTh y1941 v29 i7 July p161 - The Saint of Patience: Hermann the Cripple -- Clara Codd
AmerTh y1941 v29 i7 July p161 - A Letter -- anon
AmerTh y1941 v29 i7 July p163 - Theosophy in the Field -- anon
AmerTh y1941 v29 i7 July p165 - Theosophical News and Notes -- anon
AmerTh y1941 v29 i7 July p168 - review: 'Union Now with Britain' by Clarence Streit -- Sadie G Stave
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p169 - Annual Report of the National President -- Sidney A Cook
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p172 - Parade of Cruelty -- SAC
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p172 - Things That Must Go -- SAC
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p172 - Outside My Window -- SAC
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p173 - The Convention of '41 -- Ellen M Watters
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p176 - Impressions of Convention -- various
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p178 - Reconstruction-Mindedness -- James S Perkins
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p182 - The Theosophical Society -- Sidney A Cook
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p184 - Health and Peace -- K Nimmo
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p186 - Convention Business -- anon
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p188 - Our Electoral Procedures -- Lewis Ward Martin
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p189 - That Recent Ballot -- L W Rogers
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p190 - Our Electoral Procedures -- Sidney A Cook
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p194 - Biography of a Lodge, Part XVIII -- Ann Werth
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p195 - The Marionettes [reprint Theosophy in Australia 1941] -- Morley Steynor
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p196 - A Re-definition of Worry -- A Herbert Peron
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p197 - Theosophy in the Field -- anon
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p199 - Theosophical News and Notes -- anon
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p200 - review: 'The Hidden Teaching Beyond Yoga' by Paul Brunton -- AFB
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p200 - review: 'The Astrological Aspects' by Charles E O Carter -- BHB
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p200 - review: 'The ABC of Astrology' by Sidney Randall -- BHB
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p200 - review: 'Astrological Chats' by Llewellyn George -- BHB
AmerTh y1941 v29 i8 August p200 - review: 'The City of Man.

01/01/2018 · Defined “hypothesis” as whatever that is not deduced from the phenomena

Reading Hume on Human Understanding - Paperback …

Boy, I was on that kick for the longest time, hoping Hubbard would be read in detail and all Hubbard’s theoretical nooks and crannies be “taken seriously” to judge him better.

J. C. A. Gaskin, "Religion: the useless hypothesis," in P. Millican (ed.), Reading Hume on Human Understanding: Essays on the 'First Enquiry' (Oxford, 2002).

Hume on Religion (Stanford Encyclopedia of …

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AmerTh y1988 v76 i6 June p138 - Olcott Library News -- Lakshmi Narayan((a)swami)
AmerTh y1988 v76 i6 June p139 - National Speakers: -- anon
AmerTh y1988 v76 i6 June p139 - Staff Position Open -- anon
AmerTh y1988 v76 i6 June p139 - Paranormal Research Conference -- anon
AmerTh y1988 v76 i6 June p140 - The Krotona School: A Correction -- anon
AmerTh y1988 v76 i6 June p143 - People, Places, Ideas -- anon
AmerTh y1988 v76 i6 June p144 - Fieldwork Report -- Linda Jo Pym
AmerTh y1988 v76 i6 June p147 - statistics - -- anon
AmerTh y1988 v76 i6 June p148 - obituary - Breyman, John (Jack) III -- anon
AmerTh y1988 v76 i6 June p148 - General Theosophy -- Richard Ihle
AmerTh y1988 v76 i7 July_Aug p150 - Viewpoint -- Dorothy Abbenhouse
AmerTh y1988 v76 i7 July_Aug p151 - The Cafe of Madame Blavatsky -- Michael Capuzzo
AmerTh y1988 v76 i7 July_Aug p154 - Ltte - Were HPB & Olcott Buddhists?