Preparing to go back

good advice for all here


It’s August and, even though this month is one in which schools, colleges and universities are closed for the whole duration, there isn’t much time left before we go back. Sorry.

This being the case, it’s probably a good time to start preparing, is it not? Here is some advice:


Whether you’re at school or at university, you’ll probably have an idea of what topics you’ll be covering in the coming academic year. The older you are, the more you’ll know about it, not least because you start choosing what you study.

Therefore, you can do yourself a favour and buy some books in advance, take notes, even just look things up on the Internet if they will help to give you an overview of something. The more work you do now, the less stress you will have later.

With regard to reading texts for homework, it’s helpful to…

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  1. Flew uses the parable of an invisible gardener to highlight religion’s inability to falsify their claim that God exists. The believer in the parable is convinced that a gardener exists and creates a series of excuses when the gardener’s existence is challenged by a series of obstacles: the gardener is invisible, the gardener has no sent, the gardener feels no pain etc. The same can be said about religion, in that it justifies God’s existence by giving him a series of characteristics that justify why his existence cannot be verified/justified. Without justification the claim is empty and meaningless.

    Hare gives a similar parable about a lunatic who is convinced that all dons are out to murder him. Regardless of how many kind, well mannered dons he is introduced to, the lunatic is convinced it is only a façade and they are still out to kill him. Here, Hare states that this is a ‘blik’, which is like a criteria that allows us to determine what is evidence or not. Regardless of proof to the contrary, the lunatic is convinced that the dons are trying to kill him because he feels that is what is true. It is not based on empirical evidence, but that doesn’t make it meaningless or wrong-it’s just not a scientific verification method.

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