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The metaphysical view of reality that I support is from a monist position Monism is believing that everything in the universe is one kind or type To be more specific the view within monism that I believe to be true is materialism This is defined in our textbook The Enduring Questions by Jerry H Hill as a belief that reality is composed exclusively of matter and its patterns of organization In other words it is a view that everything that actually exists is material or physical What it means to say something is material is that it is extended in space In an article titled Philosophical Materialism Richard C Vitzthum claims that materialism has always inferred its theories from the best empirical evidence at hand and has as a result always had its metascientific hypotheses scientifically confirmed because the basic assumption of valid science has also always been that nature is governed by coherent discoverable physical laws I honestly believe that everything is made up of a physical substance and that spiritual substances dont exist Paranormal or supernatural phenomena are either delusions or reducible to physical forces Some materialists such as myself are not necessarily atheists nor do they deny the reality of such things as love or justice beauty or goodness Thoughts and wishes about something more than mere physical substances in the world can easily influence an individuals life but what we live by should be based on what theories can prove the most facts not which can carry the best hopes And by that I mean that there is absolutely no way for dualists to prove that there are two kinds of stuff in the universe Granted materialists have always had the difficult task of explaining how their materialism can account for such psychological phenomena as thoughts beliefs desires intentions and
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