I do believe in the Sacred Cow theory and am the first to agree that no idea, meme, theology etc is beyond scrutiny or immune from critique. I’m an anarchist and a fervent advocate of personal empowerment and limited external intervention. “Internal locus of control” is my mantra, actually, and I agree with you on the “Give me liberty or give me death” bit.
Slaying Sacred Cows is a fascination for me, regardless of the origin. Science. Religion. Personal belief. We are machines for codification and classification of manifest material phenomenon. Our brains are constructed around matrixing. We automatically sort all observable data into neat little piles, that’s what makes us so advanced and, inversely, so damn obstinate in the face of changing facts.
Facts, at any level, are a matter of observation and are always subject to the interpretation of the observer. Quantum physics is rife with prime examples of observational bias, as is astrophysics…(at least science is open to reinterpretation as new observations are made).
Facts are generally supported by consensus of direct observation before they are considered viable. Many eyes. Many minds. This is still consensus based on an analysis of variance between subjective interpretations of the repeatability of a specific set of empirical tests applied to a given observable phenomenon. As you are no doubt aware, the instruments of analysis are also constructs of consensus and observability and are far from comprehensive in their creation or scope. They were created by finite minds according to finite principles and, as such, are finite in their ability to measure any given phenomenon.
Look at the SETI folks, or NASA. They recently had to redefine what alien life may be based on a terrestrial discovery of life that exists outside of their present paradigm. It needs to be noted that they were more than happy to adjust that paradigm and create a means for measuring it that did not exists prior. Science has a way of adjusting…
It is infinitely easier to believe when ones focus is smaller, or more egocentric. It’s easier to have faith when ones view of the universe revolves around life on this planet, or in this state, or inside of this body. Faith, I believe, stems from fear of ones insignificance within the limitless cosmos. None of us are immune to it. Even scientists
I am not a believer in absolute truth by any means and seem to have been endowed (cursed) with a restless brain incapable of allowing any of theses data piles to sit comfortably for long without picking through them or outright kicking them into chaos. My tendency toward matrixing appears to be reversed, or just plain damaged…It’s my job, I guess. That’s what I am here for. Some people build and create. I am more suited to assisting in the positive disillusion of structure. Makes for an ambiguous philosophical outlook for sure, but it does have its uses. Chaos and creation are two sides of the same coin.