Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,

Whatever things are just, whatever things are pure,

Whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report,

If there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy

Set your mind on these things.

Many people believe in these two concepts about truth:

  1. 1)Absolute - Absolute ideas are assumed to be true by faith since we have no method of conducting experiments to determine their truthfulness.

  2. 2)Theoretical - Theoretical ideas are stated in terms of current scientific theories.  Scientific theories usually, and by definition should, have their truth determined using the scientific method.  Current is a key word as new input sometimes throws theoretical theories out like yesterday’s garbage.  There is an on-going focus of parts of the scientific community to either prove or disprove, theoretically, all absolute truths.

  3. Differing competing theories (or practices deriving from such theories) need to be judged continuously in respect to their truthfulness, nobility, justice, purity, loveliness, goodness, virtuosity, and praiseworthiness before being injected into our foundational curriculum.  Judgment of theoretical ideas, in this living document, uses the following hierarchical judgment:

  4. 1) An idea must give ‘life’ to other ideas, otherwise, it’s just like a meme or virus.

  5. 2)“Give prudence to the simple” - King Solomon (see Occam’s Razor).  This unfortunately leaves a lot of wiggle room.  Does simplest mean the fewest symbols?  Fewest words of explanation?  Fewest required precedents?  A classic example is E=mc2.  Only five symbols but totally worthless unless One knows what the symbols E, =, m, c, and 2 mean.   And One needs to know a lot of physics to really understand the purity and loveliness of this idea.