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Old 09-08-2012, 11:26 PM   #101
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Originally Posted by Amnorix View Post
Now you can argue, as I'm sure you would, that the same argument could be made as to whether insubstantial, invisible SnarkGobblers exist, who require no food nor interact in any way with the physical world known to us except when they, on rare occassion, show their limited powers by sneaking into people's houses and eat one (but never both) of a pair of socks from the clean laundry basket. I get that too.
I know that you are joking around, but Bertrand Russell brought this idea up with his teapot. The problem I have with his teapot concept is that many humans, generally speaking, seem to have a deep psychological need to believe in a Supreme Being.

You can discount this in many ways. You can argue logically, or question the coherency of the belief. You can break this belief down to a faith based system that is irrelevant to Science. You can show a pattern of superstitious behavior dating back countless generations and compare those mythologies to present day religious dogma. On and on and on...

But there remains the fact that a majority of human beings have some sort of religious belief involving a Creator(s) and some sort of spiritual hierarchy. Of course that doesn't prove that the dogma is true any more than any thing else does. But it shows that the topic is worthy of discussion because so many people have a stake in it, and shouldn't be disregarded like Russell's teapot.
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