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Glossary - L.O.V.E.
L.O.V.E. is an acronym for "Logical, Objective, Verifiable Evidence" that emphasizes the important aspects of Critical Thinking, and spells the word of a popular emotion which is cherished for its compassionate qualities that are also the ubiquitous fundamental building blocks of many life experiences ranging from the development of individual personal relationships to the natural formation of vast civilizations that are psychologically healthy.
These "pillars of L.O.V.E." highlight important aspects of examining claims and theories, are useful in questioning or re-examining generally or previously accepted data, and can also serve as an effective guide in differentiating between fact, fallacy, fiction, and plausibility:
While "love" is a cherished emotion, "L.O.V.E." sometimes requires that we set our emotions aside momentarily for the skeptical purpose of critical thinking. This skepticism is actually a subtle form of care (which is a form of love) because, through a better understanding of reality, each person gets better opportunities to experience, and to truly enjoy, a more meaningful and fulfilling life.
The creation of L.O.V.E.
Inspired by a philosophical conversation on September 11, 2011 with some friends about how atheism is absent of dogmatic traditions because it is not a religion and that it is often also incorrectly assumed to be devoid of emotions such as love, this easy-to-remember acronym was created as a meaningful way to counter-act certain misconceptions about atheism while also promoting the primary aspects of critical thinking.
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