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Old 10-05-2012, 11:22 AM   #1276 (permalink)
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I disagree. Here's why:

If God created the universe, that means he would exists outside of space and time. If God exists outside of nature, how could we ever hope to prove his existence empirically with science when science is for explaining the natural world?
This is incorrect. By very definition, god interacts directly with the natural/physical world --through prayers, miracles, CREATION -- and so the evidence of god's existence falls within the realm of science. Anything that affects reality/nature can be observed and (hopefully) eventually explained by science.

Which puts your SJG quote (which believers cling to like it's jesus christ's torso) down pretty immediately. I have no idea how half of his colleagues are mistaken -- as I mentioned before, just the human need to believe. Scientists CAN comment on it -- in the most scientific way possible:

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Bare minimum, and 'god' can't even provide a scrap.

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Old 10-05-2012, 03:17 PM   #1279 (permalink)
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This is incorrect. By very definition, god interacts directly with the natural/physical world --through prayers, miracles, CREATION -- and so the evidence of god's existence falls within the realm of science. Anything that affects reality/nature can be observed and (hopefully) eventually explained by science.
Wrong.

First of all, you're talking about theism. What about a Deist who doesn't believe God interacts with his creation? So it's not by definition. Secondly, if we were talking about a theistic conception of God and he did interact with his creation through miracles, that would be a momentary suspension of the laws of nature, which a God that existed outside of space and time could do, and would not be measurable by science because the circumstances of that miracle wouldn't be there afterwards.

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Which puts your SJG quote (which believers cling to like it's jesus christ's torso) down pretty immediately. I have no idea how half of his colleagues are mistaken -- as I mentioned before, just the human need to believe. Scientists CAN comment on it -- in the most scientific way possible:

Bare minimum, and 'god' can't even provide a scrap.
I think my above reply shows why the Gould quote still applies. To say that he and all of the other biologists, physicists and scientists of various stripes are just flat out wrong is a little arrogant, a misunderstanding, or an oversimplification. If extremely smart people in different fields of science disagree with each other over the implication of these ideas, then I think it's clear the issue isn't nearly as black and white as you like to say it is.

"It is difficult to discuss the beginning of the universe without mentioning the concept of God. My work on the origin of the universe is on the borderline between science and religion, but I try to stay on the scientific side of the border. It is quite possible that God acts in ways that cannot be described by scientific laws."

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Wrong.

First of all, you're talking about theism. What about a Deist who doesn't believe God interacts with his creation? So it's not by definition. Secondly, if we were talking about a theistic conception of God and he did interact with his creation through miracles, that would be a momentary suspension of the laws of nature, which a God that existed outside of space and time could do, and would not be measurable by science because the circumstances of that miracle wouldn't be there afterwards.
But there is no reason to believe in Deism after having a full understanding of evolutionary biology, physics, and astronomy. I was a Deist once too, before understanding these things.



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I think my above reply shows why the Gould quote still applies. To say that he and all of the other biologists, physicists and scientists of various stripes are just flat out wrong is a little arrogant, a misunderstanding, or an oversimplification. If extremely smart people in different fields of science disagree with each other over the implication of these ideas, then I think it's clear the issue isn't nearly as black and white as you like to say it is.
Isn't it the exact same thing to say that for you to say the all the other biologists, physicists and scientists are wrong about atheism? Sorry, but to me, one holds much more weight than the other for people who can separate their emotions from what they believe in.


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"It is difficult to discuss the beginning of the universe without mentioning the concept of God. My work on the origin of the universe is on the borderline between science and religion, but I try to stay on the scientific side of the border. It is quite possible that God acts in ways that cannot be described by scientific laws."

-Stephen Hawkings
Have you even read A Brief History of Time? I find it hard to believe you have/are a big fan of Hawking's work, which I most definitely am. It is Hawking, by the way -- not to be a pedant, but I'm sure you'd question my education on a matter if I said "Stephen Jay Goulds" too.

If you haven't read it, I recommend you do (and read a lot of other books on astrophysics and cosmology as well) to get that quote in further context.


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We can play this game all day. My opinion? When ABHOT was written, being a popular public figure, he couldnt' flat out say he was an atheist because it would damage his public image. Same with Carl Sagan, same with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. If you believe in the possibility of a god (which I do, but am waiting for more evidence), but you don't pray to one, believe in one actively, and go to church etc -- you are an atheist whether or not you want the label or not. People who don't eat any meat and don't want a label are still fucking vegetarians, man.

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But there is no reason to believe in Deism after having a full understanding of evolutionary biology, physics, and astronomy. I was a Deist once too, before understanding these things.
That's a fair point, but I would like to point out the following, from our friend Hawking in A Brief History of Time

"Even if there is only one possible unified theory (here he's talking about the unification of quantum mechanics with an understanding of gravity), it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?"

Now obviously science may some day be able to answer that question, but I think it's a very important and profound one to keep in mind, as philosophers, scientists and theologians have because it may point to something outside of nature. Just food for thought.

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Isn't it the exact same thing to say that for you to say the all the other biologists, physicists and scientists are wrong about atheism? Sorry, but to me, one holds much more weight than the other for people who can separate their emotions from what they believe in.
I'm not saying they're wrong. I'm saying that I don't know, there seems to be more complexity to this issue than I had originally entertained. You're the one who seems convinced the all of these other scientists who don't agree with the scientists you like are wrong. Furthermore, for you to completely disregard all of these other brilliant scientific minds because you simply think they "let their emotions get in the way" is very arrogant. You might be right in some cases, but every single one of them? Really? Where's your proof? Your proof apparently is that they didn't reach the same conclusion as you.

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Have you even read A Brief History of Time? I find it hard to believe you have/are a big fan of Hawking's work, which I most definitely am. It is Hawking, by the way -- not to be a pedant, but I'm sure you'd question my education on a matter if I said "Stephen Jay Goulds" too.

If you haven't read it, I recommend you do (and read a lot of other books on astrophysics and cosmology as well) to get that quote in further context.
I've read parts of it, but not in its entirety, no. However contrary to your belief I am a Hawking fan and I am not deficient in scientific curiosity and knowledge. In fact I own and have read The Universe in a Nutshell



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We can play this game all day. My opinion? When ABHOT was written, being a popular public figure, he couldnt' flat out say he was an atheist because it would damage his public image. Same with Carl Sagan, same with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. If you believe in the possibility of a god (which I do, but am waiting for more evidence), but you don't pray to one, believe in one actively, and go to church etc -- you are an atheist whether or not you want the label or not. People who don't eat any meat and don't want a label are still fucking vegetarians, man.
We can play this game all day. That's my point. But you're only seeing one side of the coin so you think there's nothing left to talk about, which is the reason behind our whole disagreement. It's not about God, or miracles, or praying, or Hawking or anything else...It's an epistemological disagreement about the nature of knowledge.

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I don't know what it is -- your wife has given you a reason to find faith -- you read a book and want to make up for your previous militant atheism...or you just really don't want to die and turn into nothingness, and are desperately trying to convince yourself (and others) that it doesn't end after death (but as for the millions and millions of species....)

Francis Collins may be a genius in genetics, but MASSIVELY MISTAKEN when it comes to religion. I've already said I've read his book (The Language of God) where he states how exactly he was an "atheist" before becoming Christian, and he couldn't have been less than a true atheist -- this is a common ploy used by religious and conservative writers to give themselves credence to their audience, especially the faithful, who get such hard-ons for forgiveness of past sins -- someone who comes to their faithlessness through logic and reason, despite the catalyst. There are myriad reasons why one would "pull a BDH" -- and it's honestly just a sucky thing to see happen. I wish I had all the time in the world to sit here and debunk you grasping at straws all day, but I just don't. It has already been done time and time again by some of our favorite authors.



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That's a fair point, but I would like to point out the following, from our friend Hawking in A Brief History of Time

"Even if there is only one possible unified theory (here he's talking about the unification of quantum mechanics with an understanding of gravity), it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?"
How can you honestly intellectually subscribe to this? Hawking is asking it as a thought-exercise, an interesting mystery about the universe that we don't yet understand. You are (without saying it, which is pretty cowardly as I will go into more detail later about) basically saying "see, Hawking is talking about the possibility of a god again!" As if wondering "what came before" is a big mysterious question that only genius physicists can ask.

It really is fundamentally confusing to me as a fully developed mind how much you are forgetting very simple rules -- like the fact that this exact argument can be turned right back on you. You could say it's turned back on me as well, but I am not the one asserting something exists, which is a world of difference ideology-wise. I don't have the book handy to know context or what was said after, but it goes back to the fundamental question that apparently blows the mind every single Christian I have asked it to: If you insist that there is a beginning of everything, then who made god? Why must it stop at at him? Who breathed fire into god?

Hawking talks about it at the beginning of the book. The first PAGE, of the book, he uses the anectdote of "turtles all the way down". It's just frustrating to see you so clearly reaching.


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I'm not saying they're wrong. I'm saying that I don't know, there seems to be more complexity to this issue than I had originally entertained. You're the one who seems convinced the all of these other scientists who don't agree with the scientists you like are wrong. Furthermore, for you to completely disregard all of these other brilliant scientific minds because you simply think they "let their emotions get in the way" is very arrogant. You might be right in some cases, but every single one of them? Really? Where's your proof? Your proof apparently is that they didn't reach the same conclusion as you.
I say it often because it's literally the only explanation I can give for someone who is otherwise intelligent and rational, and previously a well-educated atheist (unlike BDH), who seems to be coming around to religion, even if they're currently in a Deist stage -- you seem like you're still going more towards faith than science, reason, and atheism. On that note, it's worth pointing out -- and this is a common trend with you on nubblies--that you skirt around telling us exactly what you believe currently and instead hide under the shroud of "just asking questons" and "nobody knows! lol!" bullshit. It's devious and dubious.

Secondly, I say it because I know how much death has affected you. Well, somewhat, only what I have seen on here and talked in personal conversations -- I know how haunting the concept of death must be for you and I know that you desperately do not want there to be simple "emptiness" after you die. I think that that emotional need can very strongly affect somebody's "willingness to believe", whether they understand it or not, and that's where a lot of this comes from. I think that if you truly knew how poisonous religion was and how it infects the minds of people like a virus, you would be as worried about your mental freedom as I am.


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Yes, we can play this game all day. That's my point. But you're only seeing one side of the coin so you think there's nothing left to talk about, which is the reason behind our whole disagreement. It's not about God, or miracles, or praying, or Hawking or anything else...It's an epistemological disagreement about the nature of knowledge.

This is the reason I woke up at 2:00 AM to write this post. I was reading an Asimov book -- "Extraterrestrial Civilizations" (one of his many non-fiction books) and came across a passage that fundamentally underscores our entire disagreement here. Asimov puts it better than I ever could.


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To transcend the laws of nature, be "supernatural" is, however, impermissible in the Universe as interpreted by science, in the "Scientific Universe,"which is the only one dealt with in this book.

It might easily be argued that human beings have no right to say this or that is "impermissible"; that something that is called supernatural receives its name by arbitrary definitions out of knowledge that is finite and incomplete. Every scientist must admit that we do not know all the laws of nature that may exist, and that we do not thoroughly understand all the implications and limitations of the laws of nature we think do exist. Beyond what little we know, there may be much that seems "supernatural" to our puny understanding, but that nevertheless exists.

Quite right, but consider this ---

When we lead from ignorance, we can come to no conclusions. When we say "Anything can happen, and anything can be, because we know so little that we have no right to say 'This is' or 'This isn't,'" then all reasoning comes to a halt right there. We can eliminate nothing; we can assert nothing. All we can do is put words and thoughts together on the basis of intuition or faith or revelation and, unfortunately, no two people seem to share the same intuition or faith or revelation.

What we must do is set rules and place limits, however arbitrary these may seem to be. We then discover what we can say within these rules and limits.

The scientific view of the Universe is such as to admit only those phenomena that can, in one way or another, be observed in a fashion accessible to all, and to admit those generalizations (which we call laws of nature) that can be induced from those observations.

...It may well be argued, in fact, that science is the only field of human intellectual endeavor on which reasonable mean can very often agree, and in which reasonable men can sometimes change their minds as new evidence comes in. In politics, art, literature, music, philosophy, religion, economics, history -- carry on the list as long as you wish -- otherwise reasonable men can not only disagree, but invariably do, and sometimes with the utmost passion; and never change their minds, either, it would appear.
You say it's a fundamental question of epistemology, but I just don't see it. You say ". It's not about God, or miracles, or praying, or Hawking or anything else...It's an epistemological disagreement about the nature of knowledge." -- then why is even in this thread? You say one thing and act another and it's extremely frustrating. You almost remind me of the people who say "I'm not religious, I just have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ".

Well, it's the exact same thing. I stick to my stance that if a god can affect the real world, then his influence must be observable -- and one would think very easily so. Yes, even for Deism -- there is not a single thing in evolution that can't be explained by science. And if we haven't found out YET, that doesn't mean "Oh, it must be god". This is one of the most elementary pro-atheist arguments and I'm sure I don't have to insult you by calling it by name. When it comes to life, (and thus our ability to have this conversation), we're on the cusp of discovering beginning of life on Earth, and as soon as we are either able to explain abiogenesis or find life/evidence of life on another planet -- what then?


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I don't know what it is -- your wife has given you a reason to find faith -- you read a book and want to make up for your previous militant atheism...or you just really don't want to die and turn into nothingness, and are desperately trying to convince yourself (and others) that it doesn't end after death (but as for the millions and millions of species....)
What it is, is that I've come to the conclusion that a purely empiricist world view is incomplete. For a long time I thought it was, which is why I was such a strong atheist, because when you embrace an empiricist world view there is really no other intellectually honest position to take. That's what I was, and that's what you are. So when I say that I know where you're coming from it's not like how these Christians do it in your example below (and I'm not saying that I'm a Christian, either), because my emphasis isn't on revelation or faith, it's on philosophy. That's why I keep bringing up epistemology, because it's the branch of philosophy I struggled with for so long, and it's at the root of what we're debating.

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Francis Collins may be a genius in genetics, but MASSIVELY MISTAKEN when it comes to religion. I've already said I've read his book (The Language of God) where he states how exactly he was an "atheist" before becoming Christian, and he couldn't have been less than a true atheist -- this is a common ploy used by religious and conservative writers to give themselves credence to their audience, especially the faithful, who get such hard-ons for forgiveness of past sins -- someone who comes to their faithlessness through logic and reason, despite the catalyst. There are myriad reasons why one would "pull a BDH" -- and it's honestly just a sucky thing to see happen. I wish I had all the time in the world to sit here and debunk you grasping at straws all day, but I just don't. It has already been done time and time again by some of our favorite authors.
That's a bold assertion. I read his book too, and even though I thought his reasons for choosing Christianity were very underdeveloped, I think his decision to believe in God was very interesting. More importantly, I think he did a fine job at dispelling this notion that belief in God is irrational, as many atheists claim; atheists don't have a monopoly on reason, it just seems like they do because so many religious people are painfully ignorant or science. Throughout my philosophical readings I've come across many brilliant, rational figures who make reasonable and compelling arguments for the existence of God. And though I haven't made my mind up on it yet, it has shown me that the issue isn't as black and white as I always thought. That's why I kept hammering you on oversimplifying things, because I think you do.

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How can you honestly intellectually subscribe to this? Hawking is asking it as a thought-exercise, an interesting mystery about the universe that we don't yet understand. You are (without saying it, which is pretty cowardly as I will go into more detail later about) basically saying "see, Hawking is talking about the possibility of a god again!" As if wondering "what came before" is a big mysterious question that only genius physicists can ask.
What's wrong with intellectual exercises? I'm not preaching a God-of-the-gaps theory here, I'm just pointing out legitimate questions that even the most brilliant scientists have asked. It's fun to muse on them. Why you get so up in arms over that is baffling.

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It really is fundamentally confusing to me as a fully developed mind how much you are forgetting very simple rules -- like the fact that this exact argument can be turned right back on you. You could say it's turned back on me as well, but I am not the one asserting something exists, which is a world of difference ideology-wise. I don't have the book handy to know context or what was said after, but it goes back to the fundamental question that apparently blows the mind every single Christian I have asked it to: If you insist that there is a beginning of everything, then who made god? Why must it stop at at him? Who breathed fire into god?
See, this is where it really gets interesting, and I think fun. It's a great question, and one I used to dish out all of the time. You're talking about infinite regression...That everything comes from something else. If you go back far enough to God, then something had to make him too. That's true, except again, if God exists outside of nature, then why would the laws of nature apply to him? Obviously this is very speculative and wholly unsatisfying, especially from a scientific point of view--because science doesn't have the tools to deal with this possibility. So I think can make the following rational argument:

A) God exists outside of space and time.
B) God created the universe and all of the laws that govern it
C) God is exempt from these laws because he exists outside of them

This cannot be falsified and therefore is not a scientific theory. Science cannot comment on this at all, other than to say we have never encountered anything that exists outside of nature, because the universe itself is nature. So this theory can't be proven empirically, but it is defensible theoretically because of the definition of God. You will of course find this ridiculous, but that's because you're viewing it through a empiricists lens. But it's important to keep in mind that there are many branches and disagreements in the field of epistemology over how we know things. There's rationalism, empiricism, idealism, constructionism and more I"m forgetting.

The reason Dawkin's flying spaghetti monster doesn't work in this scenario is because of the definition of God. If you were to apply all of the attributes of God to the spaghetti monster then it would just be God with a different name.

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I say it often because it's literally the only explanation I can give for someone who is otherwise intelligent and rational, and previously a well-educated atheist (unlike BDH), who seems to be coming around to religion, even if they're currently in a Deist stage -- you seem like you're still going more towards faith than science, reason, and atheism. On that note, it's worth pointing out -- and this is a common trend with you on nubblies--that you skirt around telling us exactly what you believe currently and instead hide under the shroud of "just asking questons" and "nobody knows! lol!" bullshit. It's devious and dubious.
I think you find this frustrating because you want to label me, particularly as this oversimplified caricature of a Christian you have in your head to make it easier to attack me. What I'm trying to do is elevate the discussion to more interesting ideas than "you think the earth is only 10,000 years old lol." And I think I'm succeeding. But the truth is I don't know what I believe anymore. I think I've made that clear. You want to take my musings and attach an ironclad ideology to them. That's what you have, but not what I have. You might think that to be wishy-washy, but it's honestly the most intellectually honest position I can take right now. I will repeat: I find the purely materialist view of the universe to be too simple. I don't think everything can be weighed and measured in the lab. Let me give you an example.

There are known cases of a people saving and giving their own life to save a complete stranger's. There was no reward and nothing to gain. They had a family and did not believe in God. This seems completely irrational. They acted only because they felt they had to. Most people would not have done the same.

This is altruism, and science can't explain it with tribalism, herd-mentality, evolution, genetics, or anything else.

This is the moral law and C.S. Lewis explains it better than anyone else. The fact that was a Christian shouldn't be used to marginalize his logic.

Objective morality is the best argument I've come across to date for the existence of God. Kant explains this conception best. He calls it categorical imperative. Here's some of the idea behind it:

"Reason, separate from all empirical experience, can determine the principle according to which all ends can be determined as moral. It is this fundamental principle of moral reason that is known as the categorical imperative. Pure practical reason in the process of determining it dictates what ought to be done without reference to empirical contingent factors."

The key word here is "ought". C.S. Lewis talks about it too.

I could write pages on the Moral Law and Categorical Imperative, but it would help if you read up on them yourself. I'd recommend the first few chapters of Mere Christianity and chapter 9, pages 130-136 of The Elements of Moral Philosophy, fifth edition. It would be better for you to actually read them and not just Google criticisms of their ideas, because of course there are plenty. In return, I'll gladly read something you suggest if you think it will better help me understand your position.

And, real quick, I want to address what I think one of your objections will be. When I talk about morality I'm not saying atheists can't be moral. I'm not saying people who believe in God are moral. I'm trying to determine if objective morality exists in the first place and then find rational arguments for it.


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Secondly, I say it because I know how much death has affected you. Well, somewhat, only what I have seen on here and talked in personal conversations -- I know how haunting the concept of death must be for you and I know that you desperately do not want there to be simple "emptiness" after you die. I think that that emotional need can very strongly affect somebody's "willingness to believe", whether they understand it or not, and that's where a lot of this comes from. I think that if you truly knew how poisonous religion was and how it infects the minds of people like a virus, you would be as worried about your mental freedom as I am.
You're right about death, of course. I was majorly depressed for years after my experience with it. I'm not claiming emotions don't play a part in my thinking (and you shouldn't either), but I will say this: I was much more a hardcore atheist and empiricist during my depression. It's only now, years later, when i'm at peace and less emotional about the subject that I've been able to entertain new ideas and start from the ground up. It's been a fun learning experience for me that you shouldn't see as a bad thing. Just the fact that you said in a previous post that I shouldn't try to change your mind because "I'm set, bro" is troubling to me. You should always be willing to change your mind. If you're not, then I may as well be talking to a brick wall, or a devout, young earth creationist.


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This is the reason I woke up at 2:00 AM to write this post. I was reading an Asimov book -- "Extraterrestrial Civilizations" (one of his many non-fiction books) and came across a passage that fundamentally underscores our entire disagreement here. Asimov puts it better than I ever could.

You say it's a fundamental question of epistemology, but I just don't see it. You say ". It's not about God, or miracles, or praying, or Hawking or anything else...It's an epistemological disagreement about the nature of knowledge." -- then why is even in this thread? You say one thing and act another and it's extremely frustrating. You almost remind me of the people who say "I'm not religious, I just have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ".
It's in this thread because I didn't want to make a new one and the subject matter in this thread is the most applicable to epistemological questions. And again, I think you find my various arguments and musings frustrating because you want to pin down a specific ideology to me. That's unnecessary. It's not cowardly to ask questions or say you don't have a firm world-view. It's an ongoing process for me. All I can safely say is that I think your view, previously mine, is too simplistic, because it can't answer certain questions. That's all.

If I didn't address all of the points you'd like me to just point them out and ask again. This post has taken longer than I thought and It's become a little unmangable at this point.
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You didn't address the Asimov quote at all.

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You also didn't address Blonde's quasi homosexual personal message from his friend.
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You also didn't address Blonde's quasi homosexual personal message from his friend.
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CLIFFS:

Repug: "We can't know everything because science has it's limits. The fact that I believe that science has such limits [currently] and can't [currently] measure the divine which I believe must exist in order to make my life seem less meaningless, helps me immensely to cope with existential problems in life. I don't think atheism has the answer, nor do I believe that traditional religion has the answers as well. I have "graduated" to a higher plane of philosophical thinking and am going to stay here even though it provides no other answers whatever, only more questions. Not only that, but the questions it raises are completely and utterly outside the range of both philosophy and science's capabilities to answer, if answering them is even possible. Which is odd because you think that would bother me even more in dealing with existential questions."

Blonde: "There is no evidence to suggest that there is anything supernatural in existence, and Repug (and many others) have failed to provide any such evidence. I would change my worldview if solid scientific evidence were presented, because that is the nature of a rational, scientific mind. I do not fall for the attractive and convoluted philosophical arguments that Repug presents, because he seems to think that the human mind and the way that it thinks has less limits than science, even though the study of the brain itself falls perfectly under the realm of science (even though we do not know nearly enough about it.....yet. This is a problem because Repug seems to believe that because the human mind is so complex, that it must have some sort of spiritual and ethereal plane that science is not privy to, despite the massive advancements we have made in neuroscience."


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Those be bad cliffs, also funny how you both bitch for a page about Hawking's beliefs when i'm the only fucker that brought the meat along in the form of 3 hours of tv hawkster science (and constant background music, maybe a little chime here and there when the eureka moments drop)

STRAIGHT FROM THE MAN'S MOUTH


[currently] and can't [currently] - Repug has said that Science will never be able to answer all zee questions.

"There is no evidence to suggest that there is anything supernatural in existence"
If there's evidence its empirical/science, there can't be evidence of something supernatural.
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Blonde's cliffs are not a reflection of what was said, but a window into how his limited mind interpreted them. It's not even condescending so much as sad.

I realize now, post after post, that this is a waste of time, because you (Blonde) lack an even rudimentary understanding of philosophy. You have a pre-determined world view that is unshakable because you don't grasp concepts that exist outside of this view. That's what's so hilariously frustrating: you don't even understand what we're actually arguing about.

Go take a few philosophy classes, learn more about what the disagreements are and what different philosophers and scientists say about them, get embarrassed, dust yourself off, and get back to me. Otherwise just tell people you're a pure Materialist right up front and that nothing can change your mind. That will solve a lot of this going around in a circle and you can spend more time thinking you're being way less "emotional" than other people and go on being smugly miserable.
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It was double the normal size and 5 lines. I drove by it and actually slowed down to read it and laughed at the driver as I drove by.
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