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Truth and Differentiation

Our thoughts are associations, and a part of this is differentiations. The two go together. If we see no differences there are no truths: everything is an oceanic blob, like everything white in a field of snow.

Reaching for truth, a scholar or religion, Huston Smith, saw all religions as essentially the same. Skeptics pointed to the differences in religions, and Huston Smith described these skeptics at fault for doing so. Huston Smith's favorite target for criticism was those who adhered to what he called scientism. "Science is on balance good," he wrote, "whereas nothing good can be said for scientism." His theory of truth involves association without differentiation: an oceanic sense of bliss encompassing everything, all consciousness and the angels. (It's an epistemology also in the Upanishads by contributors whose work made it past the priestly censors.)

(Smith, who died in 2016, was a pop star regarding religion, with best selling books and television coverage, and maybe a few confusing his fame with veracity as people somethings do.)

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