What are the conflicts between atheism and science?

Discussion in 'General Philosophy' started by Mind Over Matter, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Mind Over Matter Registered Senior Member

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    It’s possible that not all atheists have any scientific background or understanding of basic science.

    I would appreciate anyone could cite the conflicts between atheism and science, if any. I'm just curious, though.
     
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  3. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    The first thing that comes to mind is the confidence that many atheists display, a certainty that they are right and know better than anyone else.
    This is in stark conflict with the spirit of science of not presuming to have "all the answers already".
     
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  5. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Since atheism is neither a creed or a "discipline", or anything else how can there be a conflict?
    Atheism is simply the lack of belief in god.
    Atheists, however, are individuals and each and every one of those individuals may or may not hold beliefs that conflict with science.
    You're asking a specious question.
     
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  7. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    This would stem the fact that what science does know it can demonstrate: i.e. there are solid, verifiable foundations for what science claims.

    Correct. We don't have ALL of the answers. But the answers we DO have are demonstrably correct within the (accepted and acknowledged) limits of science.

    What is your point?
     
  8. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    Right. And you're not sitting in a chair.
     
  9. wynn ˙ Valued Senior Member

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    Of course those "solid, verifiable foundations" change every few years, and many things in science can be demonstrated to be the result of inside politics for tenure, but who cares about all that, right?


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    With no offence intended for the chicken, of course.
     
  10. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    That's a heinous slur and I demand you back it up with evidence.


    Reported.
     
  11. Jan Ardena Valued Senior Member

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    phlogistician,


    Heinous?
    A bit strong don't you think?


    Why didn't you wait for a response?

    jan.
     
  12. lightgigantic Banned Banned

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    So Richard Dawkins, or even any of the other new atheists, never attracts criticism from the scientific community on account of their atheism?
     
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  13. lightgigantic Banned Banned

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    try this for starters





    was that a chicken you know personally?
     
  14. Kennyc Registered Senior Member

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    What? :shrug:
     
  15. Mind Over Matter Registered Senior Member

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    Scientifically, there has been no evidence to suggest that God doesn’t exist.
     
  16. Anti-Flag Pun intended Registered Senior Member

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    Except the parts that disprove the claims of existance, of which the burden of proof is on the claimant. Otherwise we could claim all manner of crazy things as truth.
    This is not contrary to science.
     
  17. Jan Ardena Valued Senior Member

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    Anti-Flag,

    Such as...?


    jan.
     
  18. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    I agree (in general).
    And scientifically there's no evidence to suggest that Zeus, Osiris, Mithras and unicorns don't exist.
    Presumably, therefore you accept and worship those too?

    As I have stated more than once in threads in which you yourself have taken part - since there is no evidence to support god's existence there is no reason to subscribe to the belief in god. That seems to the point you constantly miss. Or ignore.
     
  19. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Hmm, I thought you could read. Evidently I was wrong.
     
  20. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    So the first guy on that Google list got denied funding, so what? I used to work in Academia, funds are limited, many research topics get denied funding, so I don't see your point.
     
  21. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    As it happens you're correct.
    I'm not sitting in a chair.
    Well done.
     
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  22. Jan Ardena Valued Senior Member

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    There is no evidence to suggest stuff just upped and happened creating itself, all by itself.
    Do you believe it did?

    jan.
     
  23. phlogistician Banned Banned

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    No, he accused scientists of committing fraud for personal gain, and implied this happened often.


    Jan, he called all atheists chickens. I got an infraction for saying I'd never met an honest theist. If that was infraction worthy, calling atheists chickens certainly is.
     

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