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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby crispybits on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:50 pm

warmonger1981 wrote:Didnt say I was a believer in religion did I? Didn't think so. Also didn't say I believed completely in science. And no this life we Think we live Could be all a dream. I mean how does anyone know this is all nothing more than a dream? I guess what I'm saying is no one can say for sure. All the information in the world will neither prove for or against religion or science. That's where faith comes into play. Scientists THINK their right or have faith in the end answer. If science is so right then why are there still billions of believers in religion if it is so easily proven false?


Actually you did say you are a believer in religion:

warmonger1981 wrote:I am a man of faith by the way and thats all I have.


From this thread:

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Ever read any Descartes by any chance?

All the information we have that is coming down on one side or the other if the question is "what can teach us more about how the universe works?" is coming down on the side of science.

There is no information to come down on either side if the question is "What made the universe start?". Religions make claims about their stories but none that I have seen has ever provided a scrap of actual evidence. Science doesn't even try to give an answer, as it's outside of it's remit. Talk to any astrophysicist and they'll tell you the furthest back we can go with current theories is a few millionths of a second after the big bang.

If there is such a thing as "faith in science" then it's not faith that our scientific ANSWERS are correct. It's faith that our scientific METHOD is correct. And even then faith is the wrong word, because faith is belief without evidence, and we have so much evidence that the scientific method works to constantly allow us to better our understanding of the universe. In fact, the very post you made in this thread and others is part of that. Without scientific advances in electronics, materials science, algorithmic mathematics and hundreds of other various basic and advanced techniques we'd still be writing this conversation to each other on cave walls with ground up plant dyes.

If you really don't "believe in science" then turn off your computer, turn off any electric lights, take your clothes off because chances are they are made of semi-synthetic fabrics (unless your wear 100% silk and cotton), don't watch TV, don't read printed books, only hand written ones, walk (or ride a horse/donkey) to work tomorrow and when you get there don't use any computers or machinery. I hope you don't need glasses or contact lenses because without science you wouldn't be able to see clearly. No beer either, brewing is just a by-product of chemistry. When you have lunch you better make sure it's fresh from the farm and cooked over a fire or in a wood oven rather than in an electric/gas oven. Throw your mobile phone away as that's just faith based too. But of course there's no evidence that science is right, just an entire global infrastructure that, when you consider it's complexity, is a "miracle" in and of itself that it doesn't just fall over and fail given that science is just "faith".
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby warmonger1981 on Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:17 pm

chang im not speaking for all scientists on a whole but science in general proves something to be right or wrong does it not? when it came to stating: warmonger1981 wrote:
Didnt say I was a believer in religion did I? Didn't think so. Also didn't say I believed completely in science. And no this life we Think we live Could be all a dream. I mean how does anyone know this is all nothing more than a dream? I guess what I'm saying is no one can say for sure. All the information in the world will neither prove for or against religion or science. That's where faith comes into play. Scientists THINK their right or have faith in the end answer. If science is so right then why are there still billions of believers in religion if it is so easily proven false?


Actually you did say you are a believer in religion:

warmonger1981 wrote:
I am a man of faith by the way and thats all I have.
lets not get petty .. i was speaking in this forum........and even if science proves evolution does it prove that god does or doesnt exist ??
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby chang50 on Wed Oct 24, 2012 11:50 pm

Actually you did say you are a believer in religion:

warmonger1981 wrote:
I am a man of faith by the way and thats all I have.
lets not get petty .. i was speaking in this forum........and even if science proves evolution does it prove that god does or doesnt exist ??[/quote]

Strawman,nobody has come close to arguing it does...not being petty but you seem seriously confused here..
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby BigBallinStalin on Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:10 am

When you go to open a door, you don't doubt the existence of the doorknob by pondering that there may be no doorknob, or no door for that matter. If you sincerely doubt reality, you'll attempt to walk through. But no one (who's sane) does this. Why? Because of sensual experience and learning:

This isn't an exercise of faith. This is experience and action. What we perceive with our senses is real, and sensual experience is the fundamental means with which science operates. To call this faith is completely wrong and evidently makes no sense.

The belief in something which is not observable or is immaterial while positing cause-and-effect relationships between the real, observable world and this Supernatural Thing is the essence of faith (and theology). That's not science by any stretch of the English language.

warmonger1981 does not understand this fundamental dichotomy between science and faith. And he seems to be a radical skeptic of reality, which is unfortunate. Perhaps he doubts the existence of a doorknob right before he extends his hand to open the door? (I doubt it. His fingers type, but his actions in everyday life reject his radical skepticism---unless of course he's mentally ill, which may be the case).
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby BigBallinStalin on Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:17 am

warmonger1981 wrote:If science is so right then why are there still billions of believers in religion if it is so easily proven false?


1. Because cognitive bias.
2. Because network effects of religion.
3. Because of the benefits of weak ties within a club (i.e. local religious community and a more widespread identity).
4. Because low search costs to fundamental questions which are difficult to answer.
(Why did A happen? Cuz God. Oh okay! /end dilemma).
etc.

In other words, the benefits still offset the costs.


1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_effect
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interpersonal_ties
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Club_goods
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_cost
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Substituti ... onomics%29
4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_of_the_gaps



warmonger1981 wrote:......and even if science proves evolution does it prove that god does or doesnt exist ??


No, but it does narrow down the alleged cause-and-effect arguments espoused by various religions. Of course, some may reject the scientific explanation due to reasons #1-4 and etc.
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby crispybits on Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:35 am

So it's petty to point out that you have claimed to be a man of faith when you said you hadn't?

I wonder what that makes it to point out that science is faith and not based on evidence?
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby chang50 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 1:54 am

crispybits wrote:So it's petty to point out that you have claimed to be a man of faith when you said you hadn't?

I wonder what that makes it to point out that science is faith and not based on evidence?


Crispy I think Warmonger has simply got in over his head and doesn't know how to extricate himself so he continues to dig himself a bigger hole..
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby crispybits on Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:48 am

No, if that was the case I'd be more sympathetic.

What he's done is deliberately try and misrepresent himself in order to appear less religious than he is, more neutral, however you want to phrase it, and that's just plain dishonest.

I'd much rather talk to Lionz (who I actually believe is far more deluded than warmonger, but that's just personal opinion) because at least he's honest about his beliefs and isn't trying to sneak under the radar by pretending to be something he's not.

Warmonger ask yourself, if you feel you have to lie to make your point how strong is your point to start with?
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby crispybits on Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:56 am

BigBallinStalin wrote:When you go to open a door, you don't doubt the existence of the doorknob by pondering that there may be no doorknob, or no door for that matter. If you sincerely doubt reality, you'll attempt to walk through..


Slightly pedantic, but if you sincerely doubt reality you won't do anything, you'll lay down somewhere and close you eyes and just not bother with it at all. Which is why the solipisistic argument always goes nowhere ;)
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby chang50 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:27 am

[quote="crispybits"]No, if that was the case I'd be more sympathetic.

What he's done is deliberately try and misrepresent himself in order to appear less religious than he is, more neutral, however you want to phrase it, and that's just plain dishonest.

I'd much rather talk to Lionz (who I actually believe is far more deluded than warmonger, but that's just personal opinion) because at least he's honest about his beliefs and isn't trying to sneak under the radar by pretending to be something he's not.

Warmonger ask yourself, if you feel you have to lie to make your point how strong is your point to start with?[/quote

You could well be right,I also agree with you about Lionz,at least he isn't devious.
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby warmonger1981 on Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:25 am

...Crispy in this forum I made no reference to being a believer in a God. You would have to search my posts from past to get that... my religious beliefe has no relevance in this conversation so why bring it up? Lets stick to the subject please. And yes chang I am trying to be more neutral on this subject not misrepresent myself. You just took it that way. How do we know this is not some kind of matrix style world? Not saying I believe this but what if? Its onlly as real as our senses will let us feel. Some people claim out of body experiences or life after death experiences. I'm just asking crazy questions here. And my Webster dictionary has faith as: unquestioning beliefe or loyalty.
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby crispybits on Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:22 pm

I didn't search your posts, I just remembered a conversation we had in another thread on this forum and went back to that thread for a skim-through to find it.

Your religious faith has everything to do with a discussion about the existence of God. You have bias coming into the conversation, and the honest thing to do is to declare that bias, not deny it. Just like I've declared (either in this thread or the other one, can't remember which) what my beliefs are, openly and honestly. For reference, I believe in "something", but not God as described in the bible.

As for the what if question. Lets say you're right and we are all people in tubes in some futuristic machine "dreaming" reality. Science than becomes not the study of the rules of nature but the study of the rules of the program we perceive as reality. But don't you see that unless we can find a way to break out of this reality into the other one (and I have never seen or heard any evidence that anyone has ever done this) then "the rules of nature" and "the rules of the program" are the same thing anyway. The question is meaningless unless you also bring either evidence for or the means to escape the matrix. It also has absolutely nothing to do with this topic.
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby tzor on Sun Oct 28, 2012 8:22 am

warmonger1981 wrote:God is not bound by laws of physics. God is outside of time.space and material.


While I agree with the second point I have to wonder about the first point. If God has made the laws of Physics how can God then violate the laws that He has made? Would that mean that God has gone against His own nature?
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby PLAYER57832 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:55 am

warmonger1981 wrote:...Crispy in this forum I made no reference to being a believer in a God. You would have to search my posts from past to get that... my religious beliefe has no relevance in this conversation so why bring it up? Lets stick to the subject please. And yes chang I am trying to be more neutral on this subject not misrepresent myself. You just took it that way. How do we know this is not some kind of matrix style world? Not saying I believe this but what if? Its onlly as real as our senses will let us feel. Some people claim out of body experiences or life after death experiences. I'm just asking crazy questions here. And my Webster dictionary has faith as: unquestioning beliefe or loyalty.

These things are just unprovable.

Some people have the inherent belief that what they can prove, what they can see, hear, touch, feel and deduce based on those analysis is somehow more valid than things which inherently cannot be proven. A lot of people basically just say "meh... its not worth my time to worry about it, I am just going to pretend that I know the world actually exists.

What is worrisome is not that folks have different ideas, its when one or the other group begins to claim that they have definitive proof that can be shown to every other human being who is just "willing to listen", as long as the other person is intelligent and actually willing to listen. In this forum, those with even strong religious beliefs are often more willing to accept that atheism has validity -- not that they accept it to be true, but that logical and intelligent people can think it is "the truth", than atheists are willing to admit that folks with religious beliefs are being logical/thoughtful, etc. In many cases, they are even willing to subvert logic to make those "proofs".

For myself, I take the stance that we have already seen science, human knowledge and understanding not just evolve, but flip on its head so many, many, many times that I am not willing to limit myself to that which I "know" to be true, even with firm evidence, because I understand that all proofs are based on the belief that what I know, see, hear and feel is "real" in some sense, that things can be "logically" proven. I will never say that I have proof of God that I can show anyone else. I DO say that my belief in God is based on evidence that, for me, is just as firm as all the scientific knowledge I have. AND, understand (because you are relatively new here, and because some who are newer might read this), that I make that statement as a scientist, as someone who is currently basically dedicating most of my life to trying to get schools to do a far better job of teaching real science, facts as facts and not just opinion. (but with the greater understanding also of what he limits of science facts are.. and that is the VERY important piece that is too, too often just missing).
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby crispybits on Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:58 pm

Well said Player

I've said it to believers on here before, I'm not out to destroy anyone's faith. All I want is for the misinformation and downright dishonesty to be squished wherever it pops up, like the educational debate in some parts of the US where literal creationism is trying to gain a platform alongside evolution, or the situation in some parts of the middle east where education (amongst other basic human rights) is being denied to women in the name of religion.

There is nothing wrong with having mainstream faith, and to those that do more power to you and in some ways I envy you for being made in such a way that you believe the same thing as a lot of other people and have a kind of community around you on these terms, whereas my faith is individual and while others will have beliefs like mine about these things we can never prove we often have no desire to form churches because of the nature of our subjective viewpoints about what we find the most plausible answers are (it's hard to worship an impersonal universal energy field that pervades all matter and energy because of it's impersonality)

If religious people want to attack scientific theories, then by all means go ahead and do so. You're participating in the biggest debate with the most influence to shape our society that's been ongoing for thousands of years alongside religions of all shapes and sizes. But find positions of strength to attack from, prove the science wrong with solid facts and arguments, not with a lot of the ridiculous and discredited rubbish that has appeared on this thread and others on this forum from time to time.
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby PLAYER57832 on Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:09 pm

tzor wrote:
warmonger1981 wrote:God is not bound by laws of physics. God is outside of time.space and material.


While I agree with the second point I have to wonder about the first point. If God has made the laws of Physics how can God then violate the laws that He has made? Would that mean that God has gone against His own nature?

God did not "make" the "laws of physics". The laws are not actually laws in that frame.. they are not "does and do not's". They are explanations that human beings have found and that, so far, we have found to be unbreakable within the systems we can access to date.

Scientists would acknowledge they may not apply in other universes at all.. never mind to God, in whatever form God might exist.
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby tzor on Tue Oct 30, 2012 5:42 pm

PLAYER57832 wrote:God did not "make" the "laws of physics". The laws are not actually laws in that frame.. they are not "does and do not's". They are explanations that human beings have found and that, so far, we have found to be unbreakable within the systems we can access to date.


I think we have different ideas on what the "laws of physics" are. There are fundamental "laws" (perhaps relationships that can be summarized as equations might be more appropriate) that govern the complexity of interactions that take place in the space time universe. We have only a faint grasp of what those laws are, but they are there never the less.

Mind you, whether or not God "made" these laws, set those parameters, fine tuned the major and minor dimensions is a whole other issue that is transfinitely beyond us at the moment.
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby crispybits on Wed Oct 31, 2012 8:08 am

Also worth remembering is that we cannot know if this is the only universe. There could conceivaly be as many different universes as there are atoms in this universe, all with different parameters and rules and relationships between different bits and pieces.

There could be many where life cannot exist because those rules are set such a way that complex structures cannot form, there may be other universes where just one constant is different (say, the gravitational force) and that could lead to very different conditions but where forms of life are still possible, but that would look very different to those we have in this universe.

It's all totally unknowable, and without that knowledge it's foolhardy to declare firm beliefs on anything other than those things which we can directly or indirectly witness. We can all have opinions based on what our best guesses are, but to try and impose those opinions on others or to claim any sort of priveleged knowledge based on them is what gets met with resistance.

Even from a scientific standpoint, to say we understand the universe would be a bit like standing ankle deep in the surf on the north east coast of Australia with a telescope and a sonar machine and whatever other equipment you can imagine, and declaring that we understand the entire Pacific Ocean based on the measurements we can take from that beach in under a minute. Which is why science always says "our best understanding with the information we have is....." (often unspoken but the subtext is always there)
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Postby Lionz on Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:21 am

How about address moon stuff if you want, but what in general isn't based on circular reasoning and suggests that a) there is universal common descent as opposed to a creation of separate kinds of creatures that were created to bring forth variety after their kinds and b) the earth came to be created from natural processes slowly over billions of years without any intelligent influence as opposed to being the result of an intelligent Being creating it out of nothing?
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby tzor on Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:03 pm

crispybits wrote:Also worth remembering is that we cannot know if this is the only universe. There could conceivaly be as many different universes as there are atoms in this universe, all with different parameters and rules and relationships between different bits and pieces.


Actually, we might be able. Interactions between universes in the multiverse had been posulated at one point (and I haven't kept up with astrphysics in the last few years) for the variations in the acceleration of the universe over time from the original big bang models. The only thing we definitely cannot know is what we definitely cannot observe.
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Postby tzor on Fri Nov 23, 2012 12:12 pm

Lionz wrote:How about address moon stuff if you want, but what in general isn't based on circular reasoning and suggests that a) there is universal common descent as opposed to a creation of separate kinds of creatures that were created to bring forth variety after their kinds and b) the earth came to be created from natural processes slowly over billions of years without any intelligent influence as opposed to being the result of an intelligent Being creating it out of nothing?


Not that I want to nit pick, but you do realize that option b isn't Biblical. :twisted:

Seriously, there is nothing in the first chapter of Genesis that suggests Ex Nilho.

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a mighty wind sweeping over the waters


* [1:2] This verse is parenthetical, describing in three phases the pre-creation state symbolized by the chaos out of which God brings order: “earth,” hidden beneath the encompassing cosmic waters, could not be seen, and thus had no “form”; there was only darkness; turbulent wind swept over the waters. Commencing with the last-named elements (darkness and water), vv. 3–10 describe the rearrangement of this chaos: light is made (first day) and the water is divided into water above and water below the earth so that the earth appears and is no longer “without outline.” The abyss: the primordial ocean according to the ancient Semitic cosmogony. After God’s creative activity, part of this vast body forms the salt-water seas (vv. 9–10); part of it is the fresh water under the earth (Ps 33:7; Ez 31:4), which wells forth on the earth as springs and fountains (Gn 7:11; 8:2; Prv 3:20). Part of it, “the upper water” (Ps 148:4; Dn 3:60), is held up by the dome of the sky (vv. 6–7), from which rain descends on the earth (Gn 7:11; 2 Kgs 7:2, 19; Ps 104:13). A mighty wind: literally, “spirit or breath [ruah] of God”; cf. Gn 8:1.
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby oVo on Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:18 pm

CreepersWiener wrote:I am looking for evidence of God. If any of you have any...please post it here.

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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby Symmetry on Fri Nov 23, 2012 3:04 pm

oVo wrote:
CreepersWiener wrote:I am looking for evidence of God. If any of you have any...please post it here.

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Are you quoting Sting?
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby warmonger1981 on Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:41 pm

ill be watching you.
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Re: Post Any Evidence For God Here

Postby Symmetry on Fri Nov 23, 2012 11:45 pm

warmonger1981 wrote:ill be watching you.


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