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2. Everything is just a matter of opinion.
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3. You can only know to be true what your senses (sight, hearing, etc.) tell you.
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4. You can use your reason to infer the existence and qualities of some things that you cannot sense directly.
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5. You can prove that God exists.
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6. You cannot prove that God exists, but you cannot prove that God does NOT exist either.
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7. Only weak, cowardly people believe in God.
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8. The most important thing for a person is to love God and follow his will.
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9. Although sex is not wrong, per se, chastity is a higher calling if you are capable of it.
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10. Natural science (physics, chemistry, etc.) gives us objective knowledge, and is one of the greatest human achievements.
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11. Philosophy should strive to model itself on natural science.
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12. Philosophy should try to be like mathematics, rather than the experimental sciences.
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13. We do not directly experience the world; we interpret it through our concepts.
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14. The most important moral values are being free ourselves and respecting the freedom of others.
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15. People talk about "morality," but in reality people have ulterior motives like the desire for power.
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16. People who insist on "logical" arguments are just control-freaks who are trying to impose their ideas on others.
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17. Creating something original is more important to me than doing what is supposedly "moral."
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18. There are some moral rules (like don't murder, don't steal) that are true universally, even though they need to be interpreted in particular social contexts.
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19. There is a higher and better world beyond the everyday world in which we live.
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20. Some activities are just unnatural for human beings, and no one should do them.
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21. Humans sometimes do evil things just for the sake of doing evil.
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22. Humans never knowingly do what is evil; evil is caused by ignorance.
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23. The average person knows as much as the so-called "experts," especially when it comes to politics and public policy.
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