Originally posted by Dasa
I can understand why an atheist can reject the false religions of the world to the likes of Islam, Christianity, Judaism and many others - which all present silly fabrications and and speculations from the minds of unqualified, ignorant, violent, cheating, fabricating, speculating and animal killing persons.
But I cannot understand how any person can reject ...[text shortened]... chance events....... is a liar to the greatest degree. (Phd or no Phd.)
And they know it.
Attempt at reason with dasa, probably futile...
The point of science, is to explain the world, and understand it, and be able to predict what will
happen in a given set of circumstances.
All scientific theories make predictions about the world, that we can both use to test the theories
and make use of for technological ends.
Prediction is thus the key to any scientific theory.
So why is god not included in science?
look at it like this...
I propose as my hypothesis, H, to explain event P, that "God did it".
what predictive power does this hypothesis have?
What is the A priori chance that P would have happened given H?
Well god can apparently do anything (by definition) so the total possible things god could do is infinity.
We have 1 outcome P.
So the odds of P given H are 1/infinity.
Which is effectively indistinguishable from zero.
So the odds of predicting any given outcome by using the Hypothesis that God did it is zero, none, zilch, zip, nada.
It has zero predictive capability.
The same applies to any supernatural explanation not bounded by the laws of physics.
Thus, even if wrong, EVERY other possible hypothesis must be better than ANY supernatural one.
Of course our current theories and hypotheses make very precise and accurate predictions which are immensely useful and
are so hard to pick holes in we have to build giant particle smashers to try to recreate conditions a tiny fraction of a second
after the big bang in the search for something (anything) that doesn't act like we predict it will.
So our current Theories and Hypotheses are infinitely better than god did it....
This is why god did it will NEVER be part of ANY scientific theory ever.
And is also why ID (which is god did it for evolution) is not science and will never be taught as such.
It doesn't matter if the reality is that god did actually do it, (although no evidence of that so far at all in any way), any
explanation that includes god did it just isn't science.
It just isn't useful.