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by Morny
Sat Mar 23, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

Morny, what I do know is that the Big Bang event had to be started, created, designed by an eternal, INTELLIGENT Source. [...] But you lose all credibility if you deny the Big Bang event required a powerful Superintelligence. Eh? I freely admit that the Christian God may have created the universe -...
by Morny
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: God and Science
Topic: Aliens?
Replies: 52
Views: 8011

Re: Aliens?

So, if we DID ever receive an intelligent alien signal, A) we'd have no assurance whatsoever that the civilization that produced it remains intact, and B) it would take over 100,000 years for them to receive any response from us. You don't seem to have read the book, or seen the movie, " Contact ".
by Morny
Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

LOL, so right off, you attempt to bog me down in highly technical science, [...] Just the opposite. You're missing my point. Since Moon-Watcher in "2001 A Space Odyssey", we've wondered about the origin of the universe's incredible complexity. And for tens of thousands of years, we've been explaini...
by Morny
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

[... non-answer of my question responding to your paragraph containing a mocking emoji ...] As a simple start to form a basis for mutual agreement, would you agree that physics has a clear understanding of the path from the emergence of that quark-gluon plasma to the generation of almost all the el...
by Morny
Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

Oh, yeah, that early universe that took 20 minutes to do what a century of modern science is still astonished at, that the planet's best minds have spent a century researching - it's all so unfathomably simple and explainable. I'm still astonished at lightning, but I understand the simplicity of th...
by Morny
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

[... on Einstein's view of god/spirit ...] Einstein said he was an agnostic. And saying you're not an atheist doesn't even make you a deist. Like many agnostics, including me, Einstein sometimes reverently refers to nature as god, e.g., "God does not throw dice" (referring to Quantum Mechanics). Be...
by Morny
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:46 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

And thus, various scientists take these observations and, for many of them, it plays a powerful role in leading them to believe in God or at least a deist type of god. And these same incredible, otherwise, immensely / statistically improbable things have led a very significant percentage of scienti...
by Morny
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

[...] you're focusing on one narrow subject, i.e. the effects of the immaterial (prayers) on the material world. [...] most of these scientific experiments on prayers are inconclusive at best, granted. I have no qualms about that. I'm giving the efficacy of prayer as just one example that many peop...
by Morny
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

Lol morny, Just like you, I value science a great deal (after all, I am a scientist). Unlike you, however, I know well the limitations and boundaries of science as a tool. Nice to hear of your science background. As per my immediately previous post to Philip, please explain specifically how I don't...
by Morny
Thu Feb 28, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

The scientific method cannot test for anything beyond the physical world of observable things it is capable of assessing. Correct! What makes you think I disagree? How many times has this forum seen people come and try to deny God and the spiritual realm per the scientific method - can't be done / ...
by Morny
Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:37 pm
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

[...] if a claim is extraordinary (whatever that means and however arbitrary the definition), [...] Didn't my multiple examples of "extraordinary" and "ordinary" help you? My experience has been the exact opposite, no matter how complex the problem is, more often than not the explanation is not com...
by Morny
Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

All I can tell you is that I personally know God has answered important prayers of mine. I am happy for the comforting reassurance that must give you. But something tells me that no matter what one shares with you on this, you'll not accept it, or will dismiss it. Harsh and inaccurate. I believe in...
by Morny
Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:20 pm
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

But as for designing a study, the huge problems would be, as we can't clearly know in what ways God has answered a prayer, or partially answered it, or WHEN (if at all, as NO answer can still be an answer, yet not what we might expect or want) - because, again, Scripture reveals God doesn't work li...
by Morny
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:31 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

The challenge with validating prayer for a scientific study, is that next to none have been done. You volunteered several. The 1st one I checked had invalidating methodological and statistical flaws. Again, I have no problem with anyone believing in prayer. But claiming scientific support requires ...
by Morny
Wed Feb 20, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Questioning Non-belief
Topic: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist
Replies: 339
Views: 26758

Re: Top Ten Reasons I'm An Atheist

In fact, I would venture an educated guess that in most cases, the exact opposite is claimed, i.e. the law of parsimony (Occam's razor) where simpler solutions are more likely to be correct even for complex problems. Not sure how relevant parsimony or Occam's Razor are here. The main issue is how w...