Toro: "hmm.. purely left brained people will over analyze this and call it wishful thinking. i believe it is impossible to enlighten these people because they do not have the correct mindset to understand the concept. Its like trying to imagine what a 4 dimensional object looks like.. impossible to do. one cannot see outside the box unless one has been outside the box."
Me: "Toro, the problem is that you can't escape your own mind. I consider myself a "left-brained" person who analyzes things critically and skeptically. I can just as easily say, "you don't get it", but there's really no way of knowing with our limited perspectives."
Toro: "Actually, there's no way of knowing from YOUR perspective. Left brained people aren't evil, they aren't bad, and they aren't any less human than right people are.. They just don't see things the way people like me do. Many right-brained people have exceptional interpersonal skills and methods of reading and analyzing people that are so intuitive and complex that it would be impossible to explain them to someone who doesn't feel them naturally. People are books waiting to be read."
Me: "Exactly, and people like me think the key to understanding reality is through reductionism. We are at an impasse :)
This seems to me like some religious person saying, "you just don't understand how I experience God." I don't think you're experiencing God, but there's no real way to tell now, is there? It seems as if you believe right-brained people have access to understanding consciousness, but maybe left-brainers do. The perspectives are limited."
Toro: "Hahah maybe we are at an impasse, but the way I read, predict, and manipulate people on a daily basis makes me pretty confident in my ability to see into the perspectives of others"
Now, this guy I was talking to is most likely an atheist. At the least, a pantheist or a deist (assuming he has this "right-minded" approach, I'd be less than surprised). This fundamental disconnect is the inability for humans to see things from other perspectives. Our biology is not suited to figuring out the secrets of objective reality and discovering them unbiasedly, rather it is built in order to understand enough to get by. Humans have different personalities, left and right, and any claim for one to be better at ascertaining at truth I think has a difficult time ahead of them.
I hate to basically leech off of Nietzsche some more, but his theory on Perspectivism was way ahead of its time. I'm not about to disown the idea of the ability to know truth in the same way Nietzsche did who I believe did feel that there is no epistemological normativity. Nietzsche I believe understood that there was a concept of truth, or I guess the actuality of events or descriptions in the objective world that we experience. Nietzsche was merely saying that we can't be so sure of ourselves since we are all biased from a particular perspective.
When some Christian asserts that they have experienced the Holy Ghost, as an atheist I have to assume that's just chemicals in their brain doing the talking. I don't see the need for a Holy Spirit floating in the ether, but I can't see things from that individual's perspective. Obviously this is lacking as evidence and you can't expect a non-believer to accept this as evidence, but could it be? We just have to trust our instinct. There is nothing else to go on.