Are we made in God's image?

Discussion in 'Religion' started by James R, Apr 23, 2020.

  1. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

    Yeah the labels he attaches to any person that happens to see through the myth that is god and ID, is evident of all you say.......atheist, scientific illiterate, scientism, lefties, etc

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    I suppose we can be thankful that at least he does stay out of the sciences and sticks to his red neck views in religion and politics.
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  3. Vociferous Valued Senior Member

    If you understood anything about science, you'd know that it can't refute beliefs.
    And? I readily admit that theism is, at best, a hypothesis. Because, unlike you, I do know the difference and have repeatedly demonstrated it on the forum.
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  5. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

    And it could better be described as an unscientific, mythical concept, fabricated before science/astronomy advanced our thinking.
    Abiogenesis of course is the only scientific answer as to how life first arose, although the exact detail and process is still unknown.
    One there was no life: Then there was.
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  7. Vociferous Valued Senior Member

    Boy, you really like repeatedly pissing into the wind.
  8. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

    Oh, I fully understand and accept that I will never change the mind of a fanatically driven god bothering redneck.
    But I will always refute such evil.
  9. Yazata Valued Senior Member

    Not necessarily.

    Scientific Realism aims at truth, in the correspondence sense. A scientific statement asserting 'A' is T iff reality is in fact A.

    This idea of science is contrasted with Instrumentalism, the idea that scientific statements aim not at truth, but at pragmatic usefulness, most typically enabling scientists to predict what observations will be. (Or maybe providing a framework that allows several different areas of scientific study to be theoretically combined, or something like that.)

    I'm personally very much a scientific realist. However I'm also aware that this is an area of dispute in the foundations of science.

    Biologists typically are scientific realists. They assume that organisms, their anatomical structures and their biochemistries actually exist. Astrophysicists believe in the reality of black holes and exoplanets. (They aren't just calculating conveniences to make astronomical observations come out as predicted.)

    Theoretical physics on the other hand, can sometimes tend towards instrumentalism. We see that with quantum mechanics, which is very good at predicting what experimenal observations will be (at least statistically) but pretty much a failure at telling us how the micro-world is in and of itself so as to make the observations come out as they do. That's what the many quantum mechanical interpretations seek to provide.

    Why is it "ignorance"? How was it "refuted"? If you are going to sneer at other people and talk down to them, then you need to be able to back it up. I don't think that you can. (No, microtubules have nothing to do with it.)

    Being a fact is dependent on scientific definitions? How does that work? It seems to me to put the cart before the horse. (Of course I'm a realist, like I said up above.)

    Do you? You certainly suggest that you do, so perhaps now is the time for you to explain the distinction. Again, I don't think that you can. It's not going to be easy.

    As for me, I'm inclined to define 'fact' as an existing state of affairs. Facts aren't true, they simply are. Truth and falsity apply to propositions, to things said (or written) about the world. According to correspondence theories of truth at least, a proposition is T iff it corresponds to a fact.

    A 'hypothesis' is something like an educated guess. It's a statement made tentatively in the absence of convincing justification. Given that the deep foundations of science are anything but nailed down, one can probably make an argument that all scientific statements are hypotheses. Educated guesses made in the absence of entirely sound justification.
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  10. (Q) Encephaloid Martini Valued Senior Member

    If you have refuted all of the papers written by scientists and those who have conducted experiments, why aren't you famous and why do scientists continue to write papers and conduct experiment as if your so-called refutations didn't even exist?

    That's the point exactly, yet you are calling their work pseudoscience. You are saying scientists are illiterate about the origins of life and that you, "Vociferous" have refuted them all. Do you realize how insane you sound?
  11. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    I see your POV and I agree. However, I don't see it as an "either/or" question.

    Seems to me we can certainly establish the factual truth of some things and the utility of some hypothesis.
    Newton's Law of Gravity is a perfect example. It is not perfectly true, but on earth it is has "pragmatic utility".
    It doesn't seem really fair to compare these two examples. Biology we can study down to nano-scale components. We cannot get near a black hole to see what's inside.
    I submit you do some injustice to the advances in discoveries of "hard facts" from observation, and "hard questions" about phenomena which are not subject direct observation and analysis.

    Science is making enormous strides in observing and analyzing the nano-world.
    If Tegmark is correct that, based on the evidence, the universe "must" be a collection of repeatable self-formation of regular patterns and that all of observable nature consists of physical values arranged into sets of mathematical patterns, all apparent problems inherent in complex universal patterns and scales can be solved, as many heretofore mysteries are slowly being clarified.

    There is always this perceived duality between natural mathematical values and functions and the human symbolization of these naturally occurring mathematical "conversations".

    The discovery of a "mathematical universe" is the greatest discovery made by man and allowed man to analyze the mathematical nature of reality.
    Without mathematics we are left with spiritual speculation, hence the advent of religion (mythology) and scripture before the establishment of "inquiry based on the scientific method".
    Yes I can cite you a long list, but I already have cited one example of the duplicity when using argument that "the fossil record has no evidence of transitional species", but belief in god is justified in spite of "the fossil record having no evidence of Adam and Eve"
    I don't think you are reading this as it was intended to be read (my bad?).
    The intent was to show that scientific definitions rest on observed facts, whereas theism does not rest on observed fact but only on "hypotheticals" or "wishful thinking" .
    Please understand that I acknowledge religions as philosophic in essence but do not rest on any observable (verifiable) scientific actuality.
    Why not?

    and: The Difference Between Hypothesis and Theory
    Sorry, what's T iff ? I'm not familiar with that symbol. (True if?)

    But IMO, one can claim a fact is true if you can
    demonstrate its existence and mathematical properties.
    OTOH, one can propose a hypothesis, if you can demonstrate its apparent existence but not all of its mathematical properties. This is how astronomers "discover" the existing mathematics of the universe and all physicists "discover" the mathematics of bio-chemistry and the emerging evidence and probability of abiogenesis when certain "sufficient" physical conditions are met, at which time it is no longer a matter of probability but of "necessity".
    We have the "hard fact" that we are here and that we know what the human pattern looks like along with a bunch of other stuff......

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    I agree.....

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  12. Yazata Valued Senior Member

    Sorry. Bit of jargon there.

    'T iff' means 'true if and only if'

    It's often how logical definitions are stated.

    In the text you quoted, I was saying that according to the correspondence theory of truth, a proposition is true if and only if it corresponds to a fact.
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  13. Write4U Valued Senior Member

    OK, learned something....

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    Got it and confirms my original POV.......

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