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As an international organization to encourage the practice of plurationalism, The Circle of Reason and its local circles provide a unique charitable service -- organizing and conducting volunteer programs and community service projects to encourage those with diverse or disparate beliefs and backgrounds to engage in reasoning dialogue and fellowship across the gulf of human difference, helping us lessen neighborhood tensions, eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and combat community deterioration.
Although our members and event attendees stay affiliated with their cherished groups that rely on religious, atheist, biological, ethnic, cultural, economic, political, tribal or ideological kinship, they also join the Circle as plurationalists, to examine their different perspectives Craigslist woman seeking man in wheeling bring them to the round-table of rational discourse -- putting into practice the belief that our public commitment to everyday reasoning will help bring humankind's next major step in moral evolution.
We're the place to find, recruit, converse with and encourage -- from all walks of life, all biologies, all beliefs, all societies -- those who are your own kinsmen and kinswomen: What is Pluralistic Rationalism? Rationalism is the use of reason to source, vet, and express knowledge.
But historically Rationalism has been conflated with exclusionary worldviews like Objectivism, Atheism, or Secular Humanism. Pluralistic Rationalism "Plurationalism"the new social philosophy of commitment to reasoning regardless of worldview, reasserts everyone's equal right and obligation to use reason -- as a method, not as a worldview, encouraging reasoning thinking and behavior in all people without regard to their disparate beliefs, backgrounds, and current ideological or tribal affiliations.
The social philosophy asserting the value of communal commitment to more consistently practice the basic methodological tenets of a reasoning lifestyle reality's acceptance, assumption's denial, and emotion's mastery irrespective of our theological, ethical, cultural or political worldviews.
In the sphere of religion, pluralistic rationalism contends that reasoning is not the sole purview of atheists, but is practicable for both atheists and theists; similarly, in the sphere of politics, it contends that reasoning is practicable for both conservatives and liberals.
In contrast to self-proclaimed rationalist organizations that ban those who hold religious or liberal beliefs, pluralistic rationalists are inclusive, encouraging communal commitment to practice simple reasoning methods in one's worldly affairs irrespective of one's current religious or political creed.
Finally, plurationalism is also our most basic moral axiom: Because as a sapient being one's best tool to survive is one's ability to reason, our basic universalized moral imperative must then be to consistently allow, and encourage, others to reason.
To deprive others of the freedom or ability to reason -- whether by factual denial or deception, by teaching dogmatism, or by emotive or physical coercion -- is fundamentally immoral.
Embracing the morality of our individual freedom to reason thus comes with accepting the morality of our social obligation to reason.
Free speech, our moral right as beings capable of reasoning, can also be used immorally -- to deprive others of the ability to reason -- when we choose to use our free speech to emotively coerce or enrage others.
Hence our moral right to reason imposes on each of us a moral choice: To reason or not to reason.
What are plurationalist practices? Plurationalists are "methodologists" rather than "worldview proponents" in applying rationalism, so we simply espouse more consistently practicing the most basic tenets of reasoning thought and action: Reality's Acceptance practicing factualism instead of denialism in how we source knowledgeAssumption's Denial practicing skepticism instead of dogmatism in how we vet knowledgeand Emotion's Mastery practicing moderationism instead of emotionalism in how we express knowledge.
Plurationalists believe simply that, "What is, is; what is not, is not; and what is or is not, is paramount. In the words of our first plurationalist, "Rationalism is not a worldview -- it is a practice.
A second social practice espoused by plurationalists is discouraging willfully deceptive and emotive acts designed to subvert reason or incite irrationality in others -- particularly denials of facts, dogmatic assertions, and ad hominem insults in the public square.
Such plurationalistic practices are in part exercised through convening reasoning dialogues between those of every and no religious and political belief, to encourage all participants to more consistently practice, and recognize the universalities of, reasoning lifestyles -- to see that "Reason is not a tribe.
Plurationalism also acknowledges that our human diversity of theological, ethical, cultural, and political worldviews isn't intrinsically incompatible with a reasoning lifestyle; to ensure their compatibility, we encourage reason to be the interface between our many different philosophical, economic, cultural, and religious worldviews and the real world.
As the world's first society for pluralistic rationalism, The Circle of Reason invites you to join other plurationalists in encouraging reasoning thinking, behavior and communication in all people irrespective of their disparate beliefs, backgrounds, and current ideological or tribal affiliations; and in discouraging denials of reality, unquestioned assumptions potentially false realitiesand emotive actions or arguments dissociation from reality -- including discouraging "ad hominem" insults in the public square an immoral form of argumentation for seeking to irrationally persuade by evoking emotionality.
Here's what plurationalism is like in action: While some atheists wear T-shirts saying, "Religion: Together We Can Find The Cure" as an insult to emotively irrationally persuade others, an atheist plurationalist will likelier refrain from such insulting tactics and instead seek to persuade others through reasoning dialogue.
Similarly, while some theists force their religious behavior upon others, a theist plurationalist will likelier refrain from such force irrationalism and again seek to persuade others through reasoning dialogue or personal witness.
If as an atheist or theist you feel such reasoning practices are more moral than irrational ones, you may already be like our esteemed former "First Vulcan" President, Barack Obama a "closet plurationalist!
It's safe to come out of that closet! Reason is not a speech; it must be the air that carries all speech. Reason is not for an elite; it must be for all. On January 1,in response to worldwide millennial introspection, the world's first plurationalist society was founded, as The Circle of Reason COR -- its mission to help advance humankind's moral evolution by encouraging pluralistic commitment to reasoning irrespective of different worldviews, and by sponsoring reasoning dialogues between those of disparate or no beliefs.
As of NovemberCOR has over members located across the globe, and our international and local circles' websites have been viewed over one quarter-million times from nearly every country on Earth.Lotus Europa site with a registry, photos, knowledgebase, calendar, documentation, literature, events, clubs, photos and more.
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