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Beyond the dogmatism of atheism and religious certainty lies a third option. A Possibilian, David Eagleman proposes, is one who is interested in the awe of the cosmos, one who can be comfortable with vast ignorance, who can celebrate uncertainty. Possibilianism, at its root, is an appeal for intellectual humility. It is also at the heart of a scientific career. Science operates by holding multiple ideas in mind and working to see which one is supported by the data. Often one is not able to obtain conclusive data, and in those cases one must embrace the possibilities. You don't commit to a particular version of the story when there is no reason to privilege one over the others. Nor do you throw all the stories out.

Official Website: http://www.swedenborg.org.uk/david-eagleman

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