In relation to Pascal's Wager: you think God plays dice, Kracklite? Is it morally acceptable (or even possible) to believe in something because you're being threatened?
Hey, great series
Faith can be so tested. Not for all believers, sure, there are still those who cling stubbornly to mediaeval nonsense. But some do put their faith to these tests and do update it.
Can you give an example?
Faith is something that’s only irrational once there’s actually evidence against. Until then, it’s just one choice amongst unknowns.
No, it isn't. The rational thing is to believe what is most probably true, not to pick something at random to believe in. Rational belief is justified by evidence .
Of course, aside from cosmology, religious faith can give emotional comfort and build community. It can also justify inequity, oppression, war and genocide.
Yes, but that's not the point : with science challenge and change is integral to the process. I think I've said this enough times in enough ways. You're free to disagree.
That’s not at all the same as a blind guess
It’s the best we know at this time.
Which can be almost nothing. The two ideas are not incompatible. Even if we have searched a lot, if the space left to search is still much bigger (in the case of algorithms, it’s practically infinite), we don’t really have any way of quantifying how far into the search we’ve got. We can’t put put any rigorous level of certainty on it at all.
But even if that's true, my point is that scientific knowledge is continually challenged, refined and updated in the light of the evidence. Faith isn't.
But was it angel parking in a parallel universe?
And I was thinking it was just a very posh parking warden ;-)
Can you see that even though the likelihood is that P=NP is false, it’s still a stab in the dark?
No, I can't. It's a contingent belief . As is all scientific knowledge. It's the best we know at this time. That's not at all the same as a blind guess.
if one day science does rule one way or another on god/s, then we’ve all come to a happy compromise – well, assuming everybody accepts that ruling.
How can science rule on god any more than it rules on fairies at the bottom of the garden, or giant spaghetti monsters in space? If there were any evidence for any of these things, scientists could examine and test it. But there isn't.