Pasqual S. Schievella
1914 - 2011
Newsday: Audrey C. Tiernan
LANGUAGE AS RELATED TO
TRUTH AND KNOWLEDGE
HOW AND WHEN TO ASK THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
THE STRANGE WORLD OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF CLEAR, CRITICAL, AND ANALYTICAL THINKING
THE STUDY OF CRITICAL THINKING
ABUSE OF LANGUAGE
CRITICAL ANALYSIS vs SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE
CHURCH AND STATE: EPILOGUE
CRITICAL ANALYSIS vs THEISM
THE GREAT FAILURE OF EDUCATION
A STEP TOWARD SOLUTION
PRE-COLLEGE CONCEPTUAL PRIORITIES
THE HIDDEN FACE OF INEQUALITY
HEY! IS THAT YOU, GOD? EPILOGUE
Sources of Knowledge
PROOF OF SOURCES OF KNOWLEDGE
TEN COMMANDMENTS FOR CLEAR THINKING
NECESSARY POINTS OF AGREEMENT FOR RATIONAL ARGUMENTATION
CONCEPTS TO REFLECT UPON
Assumption vs Inference vs etc.
(A) VERIFIABLE CLAIMS
(B) UNVERIFIABLE CLAIMS
PERSONAL BEHAVIOR FOR ANALYTICAL THINKERS
HUMAN USE OF LANGUAGE
"Levels" of Language
ELEMENTS OF LANGUAGE
Symbols, Referents, and Inferences
Diversity of Referents
FUNCTIONS OF LANGUAGE
CLAIMS TO SOURCES OF KNOWLEDGE
Uses of the Term 'Know'
NON-METHODS OF KNOWLEDGE
EMERGENCE OF SPECTRUM OF MINDS:
CRITICAL ANALYSIS GLOSSARY
List of Works by Schievella
Link to International Youth Congress
For more information: See P. Schievella:
God didn't create the universe, how did it come into existence?
put so much faith in verifiability when the verifiability principle, itself,
cannot be verified?
do you know that knowledge is only probable?
do you know God does not exist?
that there is much literature indicating that what we experience and know comes
from outside the brain, on what basis do you claim that mind is a function if
there not greater minds than yours that believe in the existence of God?
can possibly be wrong in believing in a divine Being Who, we believe, is
concerned with our welfare?
do you disrespect people who hold beliefs different from yours?
are obviously a devotee of positivism, that school of philosophy that reduces
all meaningful knowledge to that which can be verified by scientific method.
Among other problems, positivism fails its own test, since it is predicated on
an act of faith that cannot be empirically validated. Where, for example,
do you ground your repeated emphasis on the "moral" and"
immoral"? A world of the merely material is a world bereft of ethical
value. If the existence of God cannot be verified, nor can His non
existence. Your assertion eludes empirical proof. The inability to
verify something is not a sufficient reason for rejecting it. It is
reasoning plus faith that leads to truth. Why, then, are you so opposed to
faith in the pursuit of knowledge?
are you so determined to undermine people's cherished beliefs?
God didn't create the laws of the universe, where did they come from?
is a property of everything in the universe, as St. Thomas Aquinas wrote drawing
the conclusion that the universe is contingent also.
claim that we know there is a universe. At the same time, you claim that
we are never in touch with, i.e., have knowledge of, the ASSUMED physical world
because all we are in touch with are our perceptions. Aren't you
have said that "of all the concepts of gods, the biblical God is one that
it is easiest to prove to be linguistic nonsense. . . ." Since the
Bible is the Word of God, doesn't that prove that God exists?
seem to advocate the theory of Darwinian evolution, held through the belief
system of atheists, instead of accepting the biblical theory that God created us
in his own image. Why shouldn't people be taught both theories and let
THEM decide which theory to accept?
your article, "Critical Analysis vs Separation of Church and State,"
you imply that we should allow teachers on the pre-college level to discuss
religious and theistic terminology and that our constitution does not prohibit
this. Wouldn't such a development cause much more harm than good and
aren't you misreading the First Amendment?
title of your book, Hey, IS That You, God?, suggests that you believe in
God or at least are searching for Him. Yet, your home page seems to
emphasize that He does not exist.
published an article entitled, "Science finds God" (July 20, 1998),
written by Sharon Begley. Doesn't this conclusively undermine all your
there is no evidential certainty that there is no absolute knowledge, isn't it
possible that there is absolute knowledge?
can't teachers agree on what is CRITICAL THINKING?
the 13th ENCYCLICAL ON FAITH AND REASON, according to media reports, Pope John
Paul II is concerned that "modern philosophy has lost confidence in
reason." The Pope fears that ". . . the search for ULTIMATE (my
upper case) truth seems often to be neglected." Commendably the Pope
"urged philosophers, theologians, and people in the pews to keep using
human reason. . . ." Unfortunately, he added, "to seek ultimate
truth -- not just to examine facts and technological data." He
suggested that philosophers should be reasoning about the following
"metaphysical" questions, which have been asked and reasoned about for
thousands of years to no avail. "Who am I?" "Where
have I come from and where am I going?" "Why is there
evil?" "What is there after this life?"
is apparent from your anti-theistic arguments you believe that Good and Evil do
not exist. Great minds, such as Pope John Paul The Second, insist God is
responsible for the good in the world, and Satan is responsible for evil in the
world. If so, how do you account for their apparent existence?
repeatedly insist that nothing that is incorporeal can exist. How, then,
do you explain the existence of pain, happiness, love, hate, friendship,
democracy, motion, and the like?
in your homepage, you state that theism is the greatest crime ever foisted
against mankind. What evidence do you have to support such an outrageous
have argued that God, because he is not matter, cannot have a brain and
consequently can't see, hear, think, have knowledge, etc. Haven't you
ignored the fact that since He is Perfect in every way, He does not need to be
matter and if he were, it would render Him imperfect?
few thinkers concerned with the nature of time have argued that it may be
possible to "travel" into the future. Is time travel really
frequently have said that laws are constructs and do not in fact exist in the
universe. How, then does the phrase, 'the laws of the universe,' make
say, "If God is All Good, He would not have allowed evil to exist."
If He did not, how could we exercise the free will, he gave us, in the absence
of evil to compare with good?
seem to insist that science is the most important source of reliable knowledge
and by extrapolation the "wave" of the future. Why have you not
shown that science does not deal with ethical and moral principles that are so
important to the survival of a civilization?
people on Earth including many well-educated people and even scientists, believe
there is a god, and have for thousands of years. On what grounds do you
maintain the rightness of your position and the wrongness of theirs?
music is an integral part of our musical departments and ceremonies in our
public schools. Considering your apparent antithesis to matters religious,
would you not at least agree that it is an extremely important part of our
have frequently stated that theistic language, as well as some non-theistic
language, is unverifiable nonsense. This is confusing. I contend
that in both cases some such claims can be verified to be false. If you,
as do the Logical Positivists, insist that ALL claims about God are
unverifiable, are you not also declaring them to be meaningless, i.e.,
Throughout your homepage you have used the term 'mean' or some version of it. Yet, you claim that a basic rule underlying clear, critical, and analytical thinking is "No word or symbol has an inherent meaning." I can only reply that not only do I not know what you mean but nothing in your homepage means anything to me.
SPEAKS TO SCHIEVELLA
FAITH VS CERTAINTY or Blind Faith
FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT THE
WILL O' THE WISP OF PURE ENERGY THE
EMERGENT EVOLUTION: THE PHILOSOPHY OF CONWY LLOYD MORGAN
EMERGENT EVOLUTION AND REDUCTIONISM
ARISTOTLE'S JUSTICE: AND HIS MESOTES DOCTRINE
JOHN LANGE'S COGNITIVITY PARADOX
THE ONTOLOGY OF REFERENT
KARL POPPER'S INDETERMINISM
INQUIRY WITHOUT DOUBT
RELIGION, THEISM, AND THE ANCIENT ASTRONAUT HYPOTHESIS
THE DECLINE OF GREATNESS
THE METAPHYSICS OF HENRI BERGSON'S DURATION AND INTUITION
PLATO, THE ARTIST
IN DEFENSE OF LIBERALISM
THE POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
VERIFIABILITY AND THE ANCIENT ASTRONAUT HYPOTHESIS
OUR GODS WERE PHYSICAL BEINGS or A MILLION TRILLION GODS
SCIENCE, PROOF, AND THE ANCIENT ASTRONAUT HYPOTHESIS
FREE WILL AND DETERMINISM
THE NATURE OF EXPERIENCE IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF SAMUEL ALEXANDER
ON THE TERM, 'EXIST'
CRITICISM OF THE ANCIENT ASTRONAUT HYPOTHESIS REVISITED
THE UNBRIDGEABLE CHASM BETWEEN SCIENCE AND THEISM
THE ROAD TO LIFE
WEEP NOT FOR ME
ALPHA AND OMEGA
MINE AND THINE
THE TURNING STONE
THE WALKING DEAD
I HATE THE THOUGHT OF DYING
FLAG OF FREEDOM
AIR RAID ON SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND
A WEE VOICE
I'LL FOLLOW SOON
TODAY WE LIVE
TWO LOVERS' FAITH
MY DARLING REBECCA
MY LOVE IS GONE
NEAR AN END
FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT
THE WILL O' THE WISP OF PURE ENERGY
Without the guidance of my friends and colleagues, Lowell Kleiman and Jacques VandeKieft, this project would never have appeared on the internet.