Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Resolving Concerns about the Verification Principle of Dating

While it seems that my previous post was widely read, I am sad to say that it seems to have been misunderstood. No matter how good an idea is, it can never help anyone if it is misunderstood. So, I am now going to clear up what seem to be the main concerns namely : 1)The differences between general authorities and philosophers 2) What the Verification Principle of Dating is 3)What the Verification Principle is Not 4) Chemistry and Blind Dating

First, the difference between general authorities and philosophers. A general authority is called to be a officer of the Church by the President of the Church. They are called for various reasons, and there is no reason to believe that a general authority will be a theologian or be able to answer cosmological or philosophical problems. The Church has many problems it has to deal with, and the Lord calls people to help deal with them if their strengths are able to solve the problem. There is no reason to assume that a general authority will be a theologian, and most of the great theologians living are not among the general authorities (Blake T. Ostler, Adam S. Miller, Terryl Givens etc). The reason I gave the example at the beginning of my last post about the difference between a general authority and a philosopher is because I am the latter and take the approach of philosophical analysis rather than invoking an office or authority as a general authority might. This is not meant to slight the general authorities, just to point out our difference in approach.

Second, reviewing what the Verification Principle of Dating is. It seems that people confused what the principle was with the example I provided of how it could be implemented. To repeat it again, the Verification Principle of Dating is this : Unless there is empirical evidence that a date will progress to a relationship or marriage, then no date should take place. This principle is not a dating principle itself; it is a pre-dating principle. It's purpose is to narrow down the field of people a person dates to those whom it is most likely that a relationship will develop with. In dating, we often spend time with people who really aren't worth our time. If you don't see anything there, it's because there probably isn't something.

Third, I gave an example of how the Verification Principle can be implemented, but that is not to say that is the only or best way to implement it. You will have to find out the best way for yourself, but more than likely it will include extensive talking both by text and in person, and an admission by both sides of physical attraction. If there is not mutual physical attraction, it makes a relationship very unlikely. It is also important on the male side for the female to admit attraction because while it is generally obvious to a female a male is attracted to her, it is not as obvious to a male if she finds him attractive or if she is just being nice. Again, how the Verification Principle is implemented is up to the person doing it, but it should include those elements.

Finally, chemistry and blind dating. Chemistry is an abstract concept with no concrete, empirical meaning, so if we apply the Verification Principle of Logical Positivism to it, we will find that chemistry is simply meaningless. Blind dating is a type of dating where the Verification Principle does not apply since you can't verify what you don't know about. Blind dates generally don't go anywhere, but they can from time to time.

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