Is God real or fake and why

January 8, 2018, 3:52 am

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The debate "Is God real or fake and why" was started by MetalClaw99 on January 8, 2018, 3:52 am. 160 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 87 people are on the disagree side. That might be enough to see the common perception. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

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Nemiroff
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that's an amazing vocabulary for a 10 year old!

I disagree that we shouldnt discuss things that cannot be proven. we certainly shouldnt demean the opinions of others on such matters, but respectful discussion is always a welcome thing. hearing the opinions of others can help refine your own beliefs. you said that we should familiarize ourselves with the beliefs of others, but how can that be done if we do not share and debate our opinions on this subject?


as for the minds of young people: hate and bias do not need to be taught. they are human features that are part of who we are. you may be too young to understand this now, but there are billions of people on the planet and our minds cannot comprehend that many individuals. we will always have to make generalizations to make our way through the world without getting overwhelmed. the key is to notice your generalizations, and to remember that even if it may be true of many (30%), it is not usually true for the majority.

bias isnt just something we do when judging people, it's something we do in every aspect, from our beliefs to the food we eat. even scientists who actively want to eliminate their own bias have to do double blind experiments because bias is always there, small and large, in everything we do.

5 days ago

Jem if you're interested in public speaking I recommend avoiding blanket statements for the most part until you know how to back them up properly.

5 days, 13 hours ago

Jem you have proof of that statement?

5 days, 14 hours ago

Every argument here is invalid and opinionated. Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs so nobody is in the wrong by submitting their opinions but people should not be arguing on something that in unexplainable by even the greatest scientists whereas the belief that God is real can't be explained and is only established in ones mind and general upbringing. Today's world can't just familiarize themselves with their counterparts beliefs and that is something that needs to change because no matter how much you want it or despise it, WE WILL ALWAYS LIVE IN A DIVERSE WORLD.

I am a ten year old girl who is interested in public speaking and debating and I feel that the youngest generations who's minds aren't born biased are made to hate people different to them by older generations who were raised in the EXACT same way or experiences shaped their beliefs. STOP AFFECTING OUR IMAGE OF THE WORLD FORMED IN YOUR OWN LIGHT!

5 days, 19 hours ago
Nemiroff
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btw Jake. you should look into quantum fluctuations.

the classic belief is that empty vacuum is the default form, and that stuff must be created. but an empty vacuum is actually very unstable and constantly creates matter and antimatter called quantum fluctuations.

2 plates put close together surrounded by a vacuum get pushed together by these fluctuations meaning that this effect is real and measurable by direct experimentation.

considering we do not have a perfect vacuum, even in outer space, it is possible that before matter (and after the universe gets ripped apart by dark energy) even more massive and stable matter can be generated, like a whole new universe.

this creates a cycle: vacuum - universe - dark energy - vacuum - universe -

2 weeks, 2 days ago
TheExistentialist
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@Jakellutis
"You don't know that energy exists to begin with since you assume that the effects of the big bang were caused by something which you assume to be energy though you don't know it to be anything"
What are you talking about here? We can measure the energy of the big bang by tracing the background radiation (energy is literally the definition of radiation).

"....because a consciousness is the only thing that fits the characteristic that is impulse, much better than still energy or potential energy."
so you're claiming to know that there can be no natural explanation to the existence of the universe? Where did you come by this knowledge or are you simply making an "argument from ignorance" otherwise known as an "argument from incredulity"?

"Humans do exist, but the very fabric of existence is not physical at all, that includes humans as well as atoms as well as quarks. It's all frequency of vibration"
oh boy; you still don't understand quantum physics. It has nothing to do with "vibrations". Bosons bind quarks and gluons to form Hadrons (the smallest particle of mass; like electrons). The definition of Boson is a particle with either 0 spin or an integer spin. That is not "vibration". The second a Boson binds a gluon and a quark you have "matter". Matter is defined as a substance that occupies space and has inertia. The second a quark and a gluon are bound by a boson, you get mass and therefore inertia and the ability to occupy space. So how is that not the existence of "matter". Just because you want to conflate quantum physics to aid your point doesn't make it true. Especially considering that you clearly don't understand the subject.

"It's all sound, like the Word of God"
no it's not. Sound is a wave, not a particle or a field. Again, you have no idea what you're talking about in regards to quantum physics so stop trying to conflate it to suit your needs.

"Before anything existed, it was all space and time."
Um....No; space, time, and matter came into existence simultaneously. Space and time are the same thing in physics. So without space there is no time. Meaning there is no such thing as "before" the big bang. Also, how do you know your claim is true. Please provide evidence, not simple assertions.

2 weeks, 4 days ago
TheExistentialist
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"So far the characteristics of this force are that it is non physical and acts on it's own without the need for another variable."
What are you talking about the "force" being non physical? We can see the energy of the big bang. It's called background radiation, it's how we modeled the big bang in the first place. Furthermore, why do you just attribute intentionality to energy? If physics exists, and we know everything that happened after Time=0 (i.e. the big bang) can occur without intentionality, then why must intentionality exist? You're simply asserting that it must because you cannot fathom a universe without it.

"....will cannot exist in a non conscious physical world since it cannot be predicted with the scientific method, so it must have had an external source."
wow......this makes so little sense it hurt my brain. What would preclude free-will from existing without God? Free will is simply the ability to act in spite of deterministic circumstances. What part of the natural world precludes us from acting freely? Just because something cannot be scientifically explained doesn't make it supernatural either. Science can't analyze art or predict it, does this fact make all art divine? By your claim you're also asserting that science will never be able to explain free-will or the limitations of it. Are you really arogant enough to make such a claim, because it has to be an implied claim at the least in order for your point to stand.

"Why not God? It's not out of the question....."
First of, by which statistical formulation did you come up with this 1:infinite nonsense; are you just making stuff up like your quantum physics nonsense? Second of; no God is not out of the question; it is just highly unlikely. If we look at the universe, I think we can all agree that no "God" is necessary for anything post T=0. So "God" is only a factor in that brief moment of T=0. You are therefore claiming, that it is more likely that there is a "God" than not because we don't have a scientific explanation as of yet to explain the events leading up to T=0. If we took this in reverse and said that no natural phenomena could explain anything that happened at T>0 but we had a viable explanation of T=0 and thus concluded all must be natural you'd rightfully call us delusional. How is your claim so different?

2 weeks, 4 days ago
Nemiroff
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gravity is a force that pulls massive objects together. that is not believed, but known. and it does so by bending space around it, which is why even light is affected by it.

all of that was verified with repeated experimentation, not opinion. I have no idea what you are taking about.

2 weeks, 4 days ago

Well gravity is an unknown phenomenon that can't be physically observed, but is assumed to be a force that pulls on mass. The more mass something has, the heavier it is, and it's assumed that something exists to cause that based on a man's hypothesis. Now it's a theory. However gravity can be defied by altering frequencies with sound.

2 weeks, 5 days ago

Can I have an example of this?

2 weeks, 5 days ago

It depends on what you call science. The mainstream science seems to disregard all characteristics about the physical world and rely on personal opinion.

2 weeks, 5 days ago

The difference between most scientists and religious people is when they propose something they don't believe it to be true until the evidence supports it. This is called a hypothesis. Religious people will believe a lot of things without evidence. Don't strawman scientists who are merely proposing ideas. A proposal is not a declaration of belief.

2 weeks, 5 days ago

Also both do not require faith at all. Science is supported by evidence whether or not you like it. Science is a process of finding the most likely answer it is not a faith.

2 weeks, 5 days ago

You managed to completely miss my point. Congratulations.

2 weeks, 5 days ago

Before anything existed, it was all space and time. Then suddenly matter. So we observe it, measure it, and try to understand how matter came into being so logically there must have been an unknown force that made it. The unknown force is assumed to exist based on logic and at one point this unknown force was all that existed, then suddenly it formed matter. So far the characteristics of this force are that it is non physical and acts on it's own without the need for another variable.

Some call it energy; those people are called scientists. Others call it God; those people are called religious. However both require faith and energy does not meet all of the characteristics like a consciousness such as God and it so happens that free will cannot exist in a non conscious physical world since it cannot be predicted with the scientific method, so it must have had an external source. Why not God? It's not out of the question. It's already widely excepted that the impossible happened that still nothingness acted on it's own and created everything of which the odds are one in infinity.

2 weeks, 5 days ago

Jake logic is not always correct and does not always lead us to the correct conclusions. Logically Earth isn't moving and it is the Sun that rotates around it. Logically water moves with a wave but it's actually energy moving. Logically it seems to be colder out when there's precipitation but it's actually warmer. Don't rely on logic for such a big claim. There's nothing wrong with saying you don't know or there isn't enough information yet. Also you're wrong about science and free will. There are a few studies suggesting free will may be an illusion or not. But we haven't done enough research to know for sure.

2 weeks, 5 days ago

You don't know that energy exists to begin with since you assume that the effects of the big bang were caused by something which you assume to be energy though you don't know it to be anything. This might as well be the energy of the gaps theory. It's irrefutable that energy cannot act on it's own. There must be another variable for it to form anything that is the size of a pin's head. To this you present an effect that requires more than one variable. An unknown force that acts on it's own to create anything must have a will to do so or another variable. That's where you observe the effects of it an come to the logical conclusion that it's God that has caused the big bang, because a consciousness is the only thing that fits the characteristic that is impulse, much better than still energy or potential energy. You can predict the motivations of free will, but you cannot predict free will with biology because it is something that is external, not physical, otherwise you'd be able to predict it with the scientific method. You can't predict it, because free will is not determined by chance, but intent so it must have a source outside of the physical world. And it seems someone named Existential doesn't grasp the nature of existence itself. Atoms are indeed atoms, but the point is that they do not exist as you might think. Everything has a smaller component. Humans do exist, but the very fabric of existence is not physical at all, that includes humans as well as atoms as well as quarks. It's all frequency of vibration. "Matter" will continuously manifest into smaller and smaller particles because it is not physical to begin with. It's all sound, like the Word of God. The universe is one sentence, both physically and in translation. What scientists call Earth, the planet which they've named, it has an origin. It derives from the Word of God which first called it Earth in Genesis, and we will just accept that and pretend that we discovered the planet and named it ourselves. You may have studied quantum mechanics, but you have not come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 weeks, 5 days ago

You know your wife because you love her and fellowship with her. Well that is how I know God I love Him and have a fellowship with him.

2 weeks, 6 days ago
Nemiroff
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I disagree that just because something is outside space-time it doesnt need a beginning.

if you see it literally as there was no beginning outside of time, then it means there is no future or present either. rather then a being who can interact with all of time at once it is a being that cannot interact, or even move, because it is simply a snapshot in everlasting stasis. motion happens in time.

2 weeks, 6 days ago
TheExistentialist
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So this makes almost no sense......You seem to have no understanding of how quantum physics works and yet you're trying to make an argument based on it.
"In the beginning there was energy and it created everything. (How?)"
the answer to this is simply ''we don't know''. However, just because we don't know doesn't automatically make it "God". Inserting "God" is simply using the "God of the Gaps" fallacy. So it does nothing to further your argument for God.

"We observe the effects of an unknown force and call it potential energy"
No we don't....potential energy is simply stored energy. A ball at the top of a hill has potential energy and a ball rolling down the hill has kinetic energy. You're not using these terms correctly at all.....

"because it has no will and it can't create anything because there is no other variable in existence to act upon energy to make it form matter in the first place"
you're pre-supposing that will is necessary to create matter when in fact we know how the Higgs Boson Field actually bestows mass to gluons and quarks. The Higgs boson has no will and yet it creates mass.

"anthropoids that are less complex than AI and behave unpredictably since biology which uses the scientific method to predict natural occurrences cannot predict conscious behavior"
Biology can absolutely predict conscious behavior (to a degree). It can predict mating seasons, it can predict aggression levels, problem solving skills, etc.... I think you're mistaken consciousness with free will, which science of course can't predict.

"An atom doesn't even exist; you look at it from a microscope and it's made of smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons...."
This has to be the silliest thing ever said. Just because you can break down something into smaller parts doesn't mean the bigger "thing" doesn't exist. If I told you: "you don't exist because I can break you down into organ systems, then further into organs, then further in tissues, then further into organelles, then further into cells, then further into organelles, then further into complex molecules, then further into atoms, etc..." you'd rightfully call me crazy for claiming it means you don't exist.

"so now quarks are thought to be the smallest form of matter".....Quarks are not matter. Only Hadrons are matter (the smallest Hadron would be an electron).
so you don't understand quantum physics, it's ok, but don't try and just make stuff up because it suits your point.

2 weeks, 6 days ago

Why does that matter? I wouldn't care if people needed proof of that. There aren't millions of people who claim to have a wife they can't prove. If you want me to believe in your god give me proof.

3 weeks, 1 day ago

Do you have a wife? If you do prove it.

3 weeks, 1 day ago

jradin you have proof of this?

3 weeks, 1 day ago

He is real. I spoke to Him this morning and He spoke to me.

3 weeks, 1 day ago

In order to not believe in God, the only other explanation is this: In the beginning there was energy and it created everything. (How?) energy concentrated into the mass of the head of pin forming matter (How do you know?) We observe the effects of an unknown force and call it potential energy.

That belief is insanely more ridiculous than a belief in God. The potential energy is not real to begin with, it is just assumed to be real just like God, only unlike God it cannot act on it's own because it has no will and it can't create anything because there is no other variable in existence to act upon energy to make it form matter in the first place, also it is part of the space and time continuum, so said energy must have had a beginning, whereas God exists outside of the realm of space and time and so he does not require a begging, plus he acts on his own will, something which energy does not have. It's likely that consciousness has an external source that exists outside of the physical world and that external source is the unknown force that is assumed to be 'potential energy' but is really God that gives the "breath of life" that can exist in the simplest lifeforms such as anthropoids that are less complex than AI and behave unpredictably since biology which uses the scientific method to predict natural occurrences cannot predict conscious behavior, neither can once conscious beings be emulated or brought back to life even by reproducing the same conditions as when it was alive because the consciousness that is the breath of life has left it.

There is only observable implication that everything was created by an omnipresent consciousness that is assumed to be energy, but lacks certain characteristics, and so said potential energy is really God that breaths the breath of life into matter which is really condensed energy. Matter does not exist, everything is vibration. If you assume that matter is atomic, then what is an atom? An atom doesn't even exist; you look at it from a microscope and it's made of smaller particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons, which were then thought to be the smallest forms of matter until a stringer microscope was invented that discovered that protons, neutrons, and electrons don't exist, that they are really made of quarks, so now quarks are thought to be the smallest form of matter, but only because there is no microscope strong enough to discover what quarks are made of. What does this mean? Matter is an illusion.

3 weeks, 1 day ago

Oh well... No one can claim to be capable of disproving something, that would imply superhuman insight into everything there is in the universe both within and outside of our spectrum of cognition and perception... As well as no believer would ever need proof for what they believe to exist... I think the argument is futile really... If we can all agree not to hurt each other that would be good enough for everyone...

3 months ago

I'm not a believer in God, but I'm not a big fan of the "no before the big bang" hypothesis. how does an event happen without time? wouldnt it be just a stasis? nothing changes without time.

as you said, it's possible theres a multiverse in a megaverse medium, and as these self contained verses all have their own space, obviously they all have their own time. just because our time came into existence at the big bang, doesnt mean it didnt happen in time, just the megaverses time. that seems much more logical but simply pushes back the question to "where did the megaverse come from"

the God answer is just as valid, just as much of a guess, and just as ineffective. the question of "where did God come from" quickly follows, and any claim of ever-existence can simply be attributed to the megaverse or whatever. without proof the natural explanation is equally a guess.

in the end, whether using the natural explanation or a divine one, the problem boils down to choice of ever existence or creation ex nihilo. which do you prefer?

3 months ago
TheExistentialist
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The argument of infinite regress is obsolete. We have a starting point for the universe, the big bang. The question of "before the big bang" is simply a show of ignorance on physics as space = time and thus before space, there was no time and thus no "before" the big bang.

The question of the "cause" of the big bang is simply the same question asked in a slightly different format. This is some times referred to the "argument from efficient cause" or "Kalam Cosmological Argument". The problem with this argument is that it
A) ignores the fact that quantum physics has shown us that some things don't have a cause and thus the big bang may not have a cause
B) ignores the very credible possiblity of a multiverse or megaverse
C) it rests on the the "argument from ignorance fallacy" as it essentially states "there is not enough proof for a (natural causes to the universe), therefore its wrong and must be b (God)".
----> the problem with this argument is that you haven't disproven that there can be a natural cause to the universe. You're simply saying because we don't know for sure, it's is false. If this argument were valid, God would be non-existent as there is no proof for it either.
D) It rests on the "God of the gaps fallacy". Meaning you're simply inserting God into the gaps of science rather than providing proof of God on it's own merits. This essentially means I can insert any deity in the Gap and the argument would look the same. For example I could state: we don't know the cause of the big bang and thus it is proof that the "flying spaghetti monster" created the universe. This is the exact same argument you're making.

God is a fantastical concept that rests on the suspension or alterations of the laws of physics. The big bang and the quantum fields that likely generated it, don't rely on this suspension. Since no physical laws had to be suspended to create the universe by purely natural means, and a suspension of the laws of physics has never been observed, it would seem the more likely answer to the question of "how did the universe begin" would be "through natural means" rather than "through magical means".

3 months ago

yes he is real. just once vanish everything u see around u and imagine who has created this world, nd if u say that universe is creation of matter or partical all those stuff which u studies in science then just go little earlier than that nd wonder for a while how these partical and matters are created .... there must be the one who has done this nd who has done ths is God....cuz God is the who created us created ths world created this universe created everything...

3 months ago
Mark
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God does not exist. For thousands of years people have asked some difficult questions; what is the sun and the moon? why do they come up and go down? for instance. For the same length of time people had to believe there was some explanation they could not see, after all they could see the sun but didn't know what it was or why it went up and down. Driven by a need to explain such things stories were developed over time, fictitious beings must have created them, or be holding them up. There were so many explainable phenomenon that eventually a few people agreed that they all must be explained by a single solution (the scientists out there will start to relate and worry at this point as this sounds scarily similar to the "Theory of Everything") One source for all the explainable things we can observe. As the human race developed our desire to explain every did too, so did our unease at not knowing. So when Moses suggested the God solution in Genesis and associated explanations from other religions were proposed we were all very keen to jump on board, our anxieties of not knowing suddenly taken away. Oh, and life after death is a great way to expel the fear of death too. Don't get me wrong, faith exists, and people with the ability to have faith in something they cannot see or touch such as God I admire greatly, that takes an immense inner strength. But I read Genesis and A brief History of Time, one was a story based on what could be seen but not explained, the other was a fact backed explanation of what could be observed, and I chose the later. Science has eventually proven how all things were created and that there is no life after death, but faith will survive, if not only to protect us from the fear of the truth - it was billions to one that life evolved on this planet, but with the billions of planets out there it was a certainty that it evolved on one of them and it didn't require a divine hand, just the right physical and chemical conditions. Life after death; your sole is what you leave behind not what goes somewhere else without your body, its the impact on the people you leave behind, positive or negative and there lies your heaven and hell. Did you do good in your lifetime and leave a positive impact on the world, people wishing you were still here, or did you squander it on the bad and the negative leaving the people you knew glad your gone.

3 months, 1 week ago

also to know where God comes from with your finite mind means you possess a knowledge greater than God which is humanly impossible

3 months, 2 weeks ago

God is real atheist if you have questions please ask them because who is God , theology study of god , where there us God there is thinking, christians have to have a thinking faith, thinking comes questions

3 months, 2 weeks ago
Marcon
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Notanidiot's name is inaccurate, no one is two words.

6 months, 2 weeks ago

God is real, read the Bible, it is the first recording of the Earth being spherical (Isa 40:22). If the Bible was correct about that, then it must be correct about God's existence. It also has genetic tracings that lead to the first man, Adam, and his wife Eve. If someone can trace your genes back to the first link, then you have been traced back to Adam, and eventually God. Then will you believe? This family line spans almost 4,000 years, to the New Testament. After that, you just have 2018 years to trace back to this line. Abraham begot all of the human race, the Bible is correct. The Earth is round. When will the athiests learn.

6 months, 2 weeks ago

Najam, stay on topic. You've already made five billion goldang threads on the police. If anyone here wants to debate it, you'll find them there. You're not going to spark discussion that wouldn't otherwise happen here, you'll only be annoying everyone.

6 months, 3 weeks ago

To ask a question such as this is impossible to answer. Noone exactly knows. Noone has exact proof as to God not existing. We merely try to put 2 and 2 together. It's not fact that he exists and it's not fact that he doesn't. Anyone tells you any different they're wrong.

7 months ago
Najam1
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The false gods are anyone who says they can shoot you with a gun, and you can't shoot back because some other human on the planet told them it's okay to only shoot those who can't shoot back.
It's all false gods and cowards claiming that those are the laws on Earth.

7 months ago
Gorgon
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Hmm.... Well, if time is anyways changing speed, getting faster and faster, there really isn't a default, just relative differences in tempo. As for the issue of gravity, I suppose that'd depend.... hadn't ever occurred to me. If the important thing is proximity of mass, then a dense universe would be slow, but if its net gravitational pull, then it would not.

I would think if you're correct, then, since gravity is balanced out around the center of most masses, time would move faster in the center of any planet and star and *maybe* black holes, as well as at gravitational centers of orbits. So there are definitely implications for either.

On alternative ideas, I've heard of the one you mentioned, and I'm open to it. I more consider that with at least some minimum of possibilities that the universe is eternal or whatever infrastructure it might exist within is eternal, and that some have possible mechanisms we've demonstrated, we don't have need for hypotheses that are unparsimonious and unfalsifiable. It's a wild goose chase, with perfectly tame geese standing right there next to us.

7 months ago

I do have an alternative theory, are you familiar with quantum fluctuations?

pretty much, a vacuum appears to be an unstable state and on a quantum level particles are constantly popping in and out of existence. with dark energy accelerating the expansion constantly it is believed that at one point it could end up affecting the subatomic particles well before the black holes evaporate.

that sounds like it will create conditions far more extreme then the vacuums seen in the current universe, and may create big, more stable, and more energetic particles, some of which may become expanding universes. every time dark energy rips a universe apart, a new one takes its place out of the nothingness.

7 months ago
Nemiroff
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rather than time slowing in the past, wouldn't it be more proper to say time is speeding up now as the past was the actual default rate? the original event did happen, can you really postpone an origin event and pretend that something that already happened never actually will? the cause remains an open question.

in addition, what effect would gravity even have in a homogeneous soup with no center? wouldn't it be like air pressure, pushing down on us with the same force that it pushes out in all directions, effectively making it nonexistent?

7 months ago
Gorgon
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Alright, I think I can do this and work at the same time.
Don't tell my manager.

So the idea isn't that you're assuming, it's that you're wagering. Just like in statistics.
If you want to be more technically accurate, it's better to say we have infinite null hypotheses, one for each unfalsifiable possibility, and when falsifiability becomes possible, you can test the idea against the null hypothesis, and you get the picture.

7 months, 1 week ago
Gorgon
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I'm not talking about storing the sum total of human knowledge, but about what it'd take to store the data required to understand the universe in its totality. To know a system in totality, you must have another system equal to or larger than it, right? You can only have a system with a subsystem equal to it within it if that system has infinite resolution.

Which, for reasons I expounded upon and you have further expounded upon, is impossible.

On time, the concept is not just that there's no time before space time, but that space time stretches infinitely back, so that there's no beginning, just infinite regression. If you look at time dilation, it makes more sense. Time within a volume moves more slowly the more mass is crammed in that space. This was one of the foundational principles of special relativity, and you can prove it with two of the right kinds of clock, (one as a, control,) and a high altitude plane flight.
So if the universe is expanding, it is easy to intuit that it's becoming less dense. Thus, space is, on average, moving faster.
If you had an infinitely dense singularity, time would be completely still.
So the closer you get to such a singularity, the slower time will move --- you can't possibly reach that state!
Now imagine you're tracking time backwards, everything is getting more dense, time is moving more slowly. Will you ever reach a beginning? The closer you get to a singular point of space composing the universe, the more time you need to take to observe space time shrink by the same amount. You'll never reach that singularity.

So the idea that time doesn't exist before the singularity is just one way of phrasing things --- another way is that the universe has always been getting bigger and faster, and its never been another way.

Its a very parsimonious idea with lots of evidence, but I wouldn't say it's demonstrated beyond a doubt.

Brb, got to work and stuff. Will address the rest later.

7 months, 1 week ago
Nemiroff
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I think you are under the impression that assuming lack of existence is any less an assumption than assuming existence. assuming atoms, cells, and air didn't exist didn't progress science, neither did it keep people from rejecting these things at first when proof was given. the problem is not in the hypothesis, whatever form it takes, but the assumption, positive or negative.

also a null hypothesis as used here (which isnt the official use which has something to do with error margins in results) is an oxymoron. a hypothesis by definition is something that seeks to be proven. a null hypothesis seeks to prove a negative. a negative cannot be proven. thus a null hypothesis is not a hypothesis.

7 months, 1 week ago
Nemiroff
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knowledge is not infinite either. books and especially servers have proven to be more than capable of storing all of our knowledge. especially considering we were talking about our current knowledge. I'm not sure where infinities came into this.

the infinite answer is never satisfying to me. once you think about it, it becomes nonsense. infinite space would require infinite energy and matter. that would negate the law of conservation as you would be able destroy half the energy in the universe, or even double it, without ever changing the actual amount. thus making the law of conservation meaningless. infinities in time also become nonsensical imo, althought it's harder to describe.

personally I find ALL the natural explanations as unsatisfying as the supernatural explanation. it always comes down to either creation ex nhilo or some form of infinity. the current explanation of "there was no time before the big bang so the question of before is senseless" is senseless itself because events happen in time and without some form of hyperspace-time, it would never have set it motion. and if there is a hyperspace-time, we just moved the goal posts and are stuck with the same question.

7 months, 1 week ago
Gorgon
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I'm mostly not arguing for or against a, position, so much as describing one.

Booked and servers still don't provide infinite storage. Storage might be infinite for all intents and purposes at this moment, but you could never possibly store the data describing every specific quantum state of the universe throughout all time without an even larger universe to use as storage.

A loophole would be infinitely resolute space, like what you could use to describe a fractal in totality, but distance becomes meaningless at the Plank width, and full of quantum fluctuations that will introduce noise to your server over time and degrade it.
We can and do use data compression of all kinds, but some minimum of detail is always lost when doing so.

As for god existing or not, I'm not believing such a thing doesn't exist, so much as wagering. Non existence of a thing is always more likely, in absence of evidence, than existence. The wager could be wrong, but it rarely is, and thus, it's the best we have.
And besides, null hypotheses remove a
lot of confirmation bias from the system. Speeds scientific industry up. Lots of true hypotheses were rejected evem after proven because of prior assumptions first formulated and believed when unfalsifiable.

7 months, 1 week ago
Nemiroff
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the brain doesn't need infinite storage. we have books, and now servers for that.

I'm not sure what fears your talking about. I'm not talking about a specific religion with arbitrary mythology, I'm talking about the idea of a God, one that need not even ever spoken to us. seeing as both sides have unfalsifiable ideas, why would you say that "we must wager that no deity exists"?

I never said we should have an answer. I'm not sure what your arguing against. I'm just wondering how, in the absence of an ultimate answer, you can do confidently claim no diety can possibly exist?

7 months, 1 week ago
Gorgon
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As for knowing any first event, or even if there was a first event instead of an infinite chains, or a loop of causality, we simply don't. If we can't know something, we don't. No need to pretend we have answers. Indeed, the thought we must know everything, or can know, is simply a cognitive bias. Blame the brain for not having infinite storage space, I guess.

7 months, 1 week ago
Gorgon
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If they are unfalsifiable, we have no such necessity.
After all, any hypotheses not falsifiable is up against infinite contradictory hypotheses. You can't be a brain in a vat hooked up to a computer if you're really a brain outside a vast hooked up to a computer, or if you're a computer simulation, or if you're pure spirit, dreaming of the world.... we can suppose infinite unfalsifiable possibilities, each with infinite others contradicting them, and infinite others complimenting them, or building upon them, as well. Any situation you can name, I can posit an additional, somehow undetected banana peel lies in wait.
Infinite of these feature negative consequences for any action we could take. The chance that next step you take as you walk summoning a demon is the same as that chance not taking that step out of fear of summoning a demon.

Will there ever be a point in wasting previous brain time on infintesimal, unfalsifiable fears?

7 months, 1 week ago
Nemiroff
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and what if you must choose between 2 unfalsifiable claims?

unless you know a falsifiable answer to how reality came to be. even assuming no multiverse, we know most of how the universe came to be, how things played out as the event unfolded, but we have no idea what triggered it to begin with.

7 months, 1 week ago

I guess I should say that I consider the word false to be best defined as many logicians and scientists do: as unsound, neither tautological nor in evidence, arbitrary to what we can plan our actions about, etc..

7 months, 1 week ago
Gorgon
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I don't mean to say must so much as should. Its a moral imperative that we maintain congruence and parsimony of belief and evidence,

After all, if we accept a claim that is neither parsimonious nor falsifiable, then what if that possibility becomes falsifiable, and then is unsound? This has occurred many times throughout human history, such as the fall of Geocentrism or Creationism, and we're still suffering the consequences. And not just ideological conflict is possible. Imagine if rockets were invented prior to geocentrism, and a mission was launched into space on its assumptions?

And we see tragedy occur on account of religious assumptions all the time, from deaths on account of faith healers to death by hands of psychic surgeons. We waste a great deal of money, time, and worst of all, human life, on these technically logical but unsound concepts.

7 months, 1 week ago
Nemiroff
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"With current evidence and the most advanced scientific criteria, we must wager that no deities exist."

I dont think that any such necessities exists. literal religious belief is certainly misguided, but the idea of a creator is not without logical merit, especially with our current most advanced scientific evidence and criteria.

7 months, 1 week ago
Gorgon
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The parsimonious explanation for your belief in god is not that you know him to exist, but a complex psychological phenomenon that is often called "Illusion of External Agency." This explanation also has more predictive power. For example, Christian Theism predicted god can inform you of things you didn't now. IoEA predicts that no Christian will demonstrate their percieved communications of their deity providing them with novel information, and I have never observed otherwise.

Furthermore, atheism is a wager based on Ockham's Razor and falsifiability. This means it's as tenable a position as, say, the position that acupuncture is a theatrical placebo. Its not really a position so much as it is a prediction. With current evidence and the most advanced scientific criteria, we must wager that no deities exist. We are still free to test contradictory hypotheses, and if we find that one negates this null hypothesis,so we change our position. It really is that simple.

7 months, 1 week ago
Gorgon
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Sabertooth, did you seriously appeal to formal debate rules when someone called you out for trying to obfuscate your position on the debate topic? You're obviously taking the position in this debate that you actually believe, so using what you said elsewhere to extrapolate exactly that is perfectly permissible.

7 months, 1 week ago

I spoke to a Muslim about this the other day and she could not give me hard evidence that there is in fact a god. I asked her to show me some and she said it is in the Qur'an... I do not mean to be offensive but if that is the case I could believe that Narnia exists and Aslan is god. She responded by saying "well how about science books how can you prove that oxygen is in the air although can't smell, hear or see it. i responded with "yes but currently: oxygen death toll = 0, Religion death toll = countless". Therefore even if there was a god or not, and I'm assuming not, is He truly worth all the lives He is costing?

7 months, 1 week ago
Sabertoothwolf
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"certainly one can find irrefutable proof of god in one's heart"

..No you can't. "Proof" means evidence. How can you have "evidence" that you can't share with others? Evidence is something that can be apparent to all. Not just one person. Or are you saying the way Christians live there lives, no longer disbelieving in the One True God, should be evidence to the whole world He is real? If the narrative of the Bible is logical, how can other narratives also be logical? Only the Bible tells us the Gospel. That God loves us and made it possible for us to have a personal relationship with Him. That all our sins can be washed away and we can live life forgiven. No other religion or creed offers this narrative which so logically solves the human problem of life.

11 months, 1 week ago
Nemiroff
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certainly one can find irrefutable proof of god in one's heart, however I'm sure you've noticed the difficulty of communicating this evidence to those who haven't already found it themselves. there is no physical evidence pointing decisively at god. at best you have a logical narrative that is very possible, but so are other options.

11 months, 1 week ago
Sabertoothwolf
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It is good you know facts exist regardless if we have discovered them yet. No one can disprove the God of the Bible's existence and therefore atheism is an unobtainable position. Many atheists don't realize that. But you are wrong to say you can't know if God exists. He does. I know Him. A belief is not a guess. A belief has no evidence readily available. A belief can be factual. And all things factual are true. And my belief in the One True God is true :) as it is for every human who comes to know the Truth

11 months, 1 week ago

of course, facts exist or do not independent of our ability to prove them. that is why we discover facts instead of invent them. however, just because some beliefs are facts doesn't mean all are. in fact most aren't.

from your perspective, belief in Jesus is fact but belief in Vishnu is false. both are beliefs that shape many lives.

Also, a belief that I am going to be successful may shape my life, but my belief that red heads love cake may be pretty irrelevant and I'm unlikely to base my life around it. beliefs come in all shapes, sizes, and validities.

either way. the question of god is unprovable in either direction. It's a matter of faith.

11 months, 1 week ago
Sabertoothwolf
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That's not true neighbor, all people are unGodly until they surrender their hearts to God. And some of these people do this by getting on both their knees and praying :)

11 months, 1 week ago
Sabertoothwolf
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"..beliefs can be something you base your life around."

Beliefs ARE something you base your life around, neighbor. You're right to say beliefs are not supported by evidence. But a belief can be factual, even without evidence. Would you like to know how? :)

11 months, 1 week ago

ungodly people hate getting on both knees to pray

11 months, 1 week ago
Nemiroff
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forgive me for my non omniscience. I do not pretend to know everything, but you seem to think you do.

yes, beliefs can be something you base your life around. that doesn't make it fact. one can believe they are destined to be successful and base their life around it. that doesn't mean they will, although that is a good start. It's just a really really big important guess.

11 months, 1 week ago
Sabertoothwolf
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"It is my understanding that god is.."
Here we go again. "It is my understanding" - when you write that, you are saying this is my personal take on the matter, but not the truth of the matter. Either you know about God or you don't. The God of the Bible, the One True God, doesn't demand worship. He deserves it.

11 months, 1 week ago
Sabertoothwolf
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?? did you read what you wrote? How can God making His presence known to you, make others believe in God? Explain that please. Thank you.

11 months, 1 week ago
Sabertoothwolf
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A belief is not a guess. A belief defines your life. If you're not sure about your beliefs then you can't say you have any. A belief is not a guess.

11 months, 1 week ago
Nemiroff
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I agree with your statement except for the requirement to be worshipped. It is my understanding that god is supposed to not have human flaws like vanity.

if God does demand that inferior beings kneel before him, he is much more like us, imperfect at least morally.

11 months, 1 week ago

Say you were a God, and you require your subjects to worship you and have faith in you. Would you make your presence known to them? No. Because then everyone would believe in you and follow you, making it pointless for them to have faith in you.

11 months, 1 week ago
Nemiroff
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any answer that starts with "my belief is" is self proclaiming itself to not being a definitive answer but a "best guess".

in the presence of an unanswerable question, are we not allowed to use the tools at our disposal to form a logical conclusion? Or must we resign ourselves to ignorance and never bother trying? if that is your belief then we must all be agnostic.

11 months, 1 week ago
Sabertoothwolf
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Yes, "in the other thread." But that statement of mine wasn't directed to you. It was my argument for the topic of that thread. But I'm finding that you are in several threads. However, in this thread, based on what's available here - what I've expressed to you personally, you wouldn't know I'm a Christian. Just like a professional debate you use that information provided in that debate. Since you were in that other thread, that's how you know I'm a Christian. I just wasn't expecting you to use it as an "offense" towards me, since we barely know each other and just met. But you are right, yes I am a Christian. Could you please answer my question to you. How can you have a definite answer to a question (Is God real?) which you claim is un-answerable. Please validate your claim, thank you.

11 months, 1 week ago
Nemiroff
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in the other thread you stated:

"I am a Christian. Islam is a false religion. We can't ban it."

if your a Christian, you must believe in god.

11 months, 1 week ago
Sabertoothwolf
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* [continued] >>definite

11 months, 1 week ago
Sabertoothwolf
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Your statement implies that I believe in God. However, I haven't mentioned my beliefs in this debate thread. You could only know that from reading that about me in a different article. You still haven't validated your claim that you can have a >>definite

11 months, 1 week ago
Nemiroff
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much the same way you came to your determination.... then again you most likely just went along with whatever determination you happened to be born into.

11 months, 1 week ago
Sabertoothwolf
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"Impossible to determine, but my belief..."
..sir. If you can't "determine" it, how can you have a personal "determination" about it?

11 months, 1 week ago

You are fake. You and all people who pretend that nobody dies. The people who stopped Chicago Homicide from being updated are fake. False god police are fakes who think that only they and rich people deserve to live on the Earth before dying and going to hell themselves.

11 months, 1 week ago

impossible to determine, but my belief is that he doesnt. it's just so much more logical that the original existence would be simple matter and not some perfect consciousness.

11 months, 1 week ago
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