1.0.1 As mentioned above, epistemology is just a fancy word for how we decide between what is true and what is false. For many people, this is never really thought about. We simply believe or don't believe what we hear based on 1) our opinions of the messenger, 2) what makes us feel good, 3) our "intuition," 4) our mood at the time, or some other nonsensical or whimsical reason.
1.0.2 However, a person who genuinely wishes to do good in the world must consider how and why they believe what they do. Without accurate beliefs about the world we live in, we cannot make effectual decisions about matters of ethics and our mutual well being.
1.0.3 Because of the important role our beliefs play in our actions, I view proper epistemology to be directly involved with ethics and even a part of it. Poor epistemology should not only be considered unwise, but a moral failing as well. This section of essays will deal with matters relating to how and what is reasonable to believe about the world, the universe, and ourselves.
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