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Part 10: Limitation of Plausibility Structures


    Posted by Admin on December 15, 2009

Not only must our beliefs be connected with reality in order to pursue what is true, but our "plausibility structure" must permit us to freely pursue what is true.

Klaus observes in his recent Musing that "Our plausibility structures—what we consider to be plausible or possible—can limit our search for truth since we will not expend much effort considering or exploring ideas we do not regard as possibly true."

Notice how plausibility structures are related to effort or the endeavor of our will.

Furthermore, isn't it interesting how growing in confidence is related to the role of our plausibility structure. If the plausibility structure doesn't permit pursuit of what is true, how can a person grow in confidence of what is true.

Our formation - indeed, our transformation - is not accidental; it is intended to live off of truth and confide in the plausible and the actual.

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12.18.09 (Gunawaty Tjioe): "Changing central beliefs involves a process of being open to explore new ideas, pondering or meditating on the evidence, and connecting new ideas to see how they fit with other ideas we know, especially within a Christian worldview (yet realizing that each of us have false central beliefs as part of our Christian worldview). The conscious evaluating of evidence is an important component—all the while we have doubts, we have concerns, we are puzzled. And God continues to work with us to help us respond to truth." Surely critical thinking skills and dispositions plays an important role in all the above process.
Dr. Klaus Issler