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    we all talk about reason. we all advice others and be adviced that be reasonable. some of us take it as a mission to spread reason worldwide. but what is reason?

    what is the definition of reason?

    i think reason of a thing is what comes before the existance of a thing. the relationship between reason of a thing A and A is that if the reason is not there, A will not be there.

    for example: reason of a child is conception. if conception did not happen or is aborted, the child will never come into the world. and also conception comes before childbirth. since both the definition and relationship between cause and effect is satisfied the reason of a child is conception.

    what do you think?





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    Reason is cause, or purpose.

    The reason for a child is to continue the life cycle, the reason for sex is the fertilise the egg.

    Reasoned thinking is thinking thought that have a good reason to think them.

    Have you been thinking about you're tag line?

    Trust reason? doesn't really make sense does it? trust cause? trust purpose? nah. But trust you're purpose and trust you're cause. To trust reasoning: to have faith in the process of finding an answer through the elimination of ideas that have no cause or purpose... or reason to be correct.


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    Quote Originally Posted by question for you View Post

    Trust reason? doesn't really make sense does it? trust cause? trust purpose? nah. But trust you're purpose and trust you're cause. To trust reasoning: to have faith in the process of finding an answer through the elimination of ideas that have no cause or purpose... or reason to be correct.
    reasoning is the process that can help us find the truth. if we cannot reason, our life will be hell as it is found today everywhere. thats why i trust reasoning.

    if reason is pupose then....

    then purpose is a future event. if you consider reason of a thing as something which will happened in future then cause will come after effect. but it is impossible. cause must come before the effect.

    in case of a child, the desire to continue life cycle comes first in mind. next the child comes. so desire to continue life cycle as a reason comes before the child is ever conceived. therefore reason of a thing always comes before the thing.



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    You seem to be mixing up two different meanings of the word:
    Reason as the cause or purpose of things.
    Reasoning in the sense of logical thought

    Which of these are you trying to define?
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    i try to define reason as the cause or purpose of things.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    You seem to be mixing up two different meanings of the word:
    Reason as the cause or purpose of things.
    Reasoning in the sense of logical thought

    Which of these are you trying to define?
    I don't think it's all that differnt strange... Logical thought reasoning, is still the same definition of the word. It just means you have the best cause and purpose and reason for thinking what you think, deciding what you decide.
    As opposed to thinking something that you have no reason/purpose/cause to think... 'somebody told me so it must be true' being an example of when there isn't sufficient reason/purpose/cause to think something true.
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    Basically, i'm of the opinion that the concept of 'trusting reasoning' or being rational is usually promoted by people who want to do away with 'beliefs' and concepts of fancy such as gods, demons, ghost ghould, angel etc etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by question for you View Post

    'somebody told me so it must be true' being an example of when there isn't sufficient reason/purpose/cause to think something true.
    "your girlfriend told you that you are the most handsome man on earth, so it must be true" being an example of when there isn't sufficient reason/purpose/cause to think something true.



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    Quite right, in that case yes!

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