Frame of Reference - Index

Introduction

What does it mean to be a "Freethinker?" Someone who thinks for themselves, studies, discusses their opinions with friends and searches for answers to life’s important questions? All of this and more. Frame of Reference has been compiled and written to accommodate the interests and curiosity of Freethinkers at whatever stage of development they may find themselves.

The goal of being a Freethinker is certainly obtainable, but the potential fallacies and pitfalls along the way are many and often subtle. Like land mines scattered throughout post-war Vietnam, fallacies of logic lurk in the writings of intellectuals and religious leaders that have done rhetorical battle throughout the millennia. Even the best writings are often obscure, allegorical, aphorisms, inept, pedantic or complicated logical proofs. Frame of Reference incorporates the best statement of wonder and challenges that, shows the importance of celebration and challenges that, and points out the mystery wherever it is found and challenges that. This is done in simple language, with examples to illustrate each point. Frame of Reference can thus be viewed as a study guide of how to lead a meaningful and enjoyable life, usable by most adults and people from all walks of life.

The first section, appropriately named Genesis, describes the origins of the book, gives some details about how it is organized and suggests ways that it might be used to stimulate further discussion among friends and relatives. The chapters are named "Stele" to give tribute to the ancients who recorded life-science teachings, to acknowledge the moral nature of the concepts involved and to suggest the mix of inspiration with fact. These 24 Stele are organized into five topics: I Physical Properties; II Humans; III Gods; IV Ethical Discoveries; and V Practical Considerations. Other organizations might have been chosen, but this seems to facilitate a logical and simple presentation. In each Stele, an effort is made to show how even the discussion of Mathematics, for example, relates to the conversation about morality and ethics.

For someone who is approaching this book for the first time and feels the need for a quick fix or a boost of morale, it might be useful to proceed immediately to the Undevicesimus Stele (19th Chapter): Meaning in Life. This Stele may give the reader the spark of inspiration needed to pursue a more diligent study of the entire book from start to finish. Whereas if two lovers are beginning this study together, they might wish to approach first the Duodecimus Stele, (12th Chapter): Love, where they will find some useful instruction about how to enjoy their lives together. Thus each Stele stands on its own and is not a prerequisite for the next. A word of caution, it is best to study an entire Stele before moving to another, otherwise the reader may be left with an incomplete or misunderstanding of the subject at hand.