Cynic

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Who is this Button for?

Sceptics, iconoclasts and postmodernists.[1]

Logical, reasonable people who eschew intuition, gut feelings and all things 'mystical'.

The militantly scientific and scientismic.[2]

Those who prefer ideas to people.

Provocative Suggestions

Base your choice of a wife, husband or partner on objective evidence rather than on subjective 'feelings' such as love.

Avoid religious texts but do study philosophy deeply.[3]

Quotations

A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

(H. L. Mencken)


All generous minds have a horror of what are commonly called 'Facts'. They are the brute beasts of the intellectual domain.

(Thomas Hobbes)


We learned great truths

Before the days of statistics,

And we sensed where to go

Without rats to lead us.

(Ainsley Meares, A Way of Doctoring )

Something to consider

There is probably a good reason why love, faith, intuition and seemingly irrational belief have survived for thousands of years.

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Notes

  1. 'Postmodernism is a late-20th-century movement in the arts, architecture, and criticism that was a departure from modernism. Postmodernism includes skeptical interpretations of culture, literature, art, philosophy,history, economics, architecture, fiction, and literary criticism. It is often associated with deconstruction and post-structuralism because its usage as a term gained significant popularity at the same time as twentieth-century post-structural thought.' (Wikipedia [1])
  2. Scientism: 'Pejorative term for the belief that the methods of natural science, or the categories and things recognized in natural science, form the only proper elements in any philosophical or other inquiry.' (Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, Oxford University Press. pp. 331–32.)
  3. The Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant is a good place to start and should ideally be read in the original German.