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Re: [ontolog-forum] Dennett on the Darwinism of Memes

To: "John F. Sowa" <sowa@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Michael Hopwood <michael@xxxxxxxxxxx>, "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 23:39:30 -0500
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On Apr 24, 2013, at 10:11 PM, John F Sowa wrote:    (01)

> I'm willing to grant that all arguments for the existence of God
> are unscientific.  But I also believe that all arguments *against*
> the existence of God are equally unscientific.  It's actually harder
> to develop a solid proof that something does *not* exist.    (02)

The basic scientific argument against the existence of God is that there is 
absolutely no observational evidence for the existence of a God, nor any reason 
to hypothesise such an entity in order to explain anything that is observable. 
A very straightforward application of Occam's principle then suffices. Of 
course this is not a *proof*, but it is a sound *scientific* argument. Proofs 
are irrelevant here. There is no proof that the flying spaghetti monster does 
not exist, but that does not shake the faith of the true Pastafarian.    (03)

Pat    (04)

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