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  •  broken link alert; and the way I reconcile... (0+ / 0-)

    I get a "cannot connect" error message when I click that link.

    The way I deal with the "science and religion" question is via something roughly similar to Gould's "magisteria."  

    1)  "Deity" is defined as an entity that exists above and outside of nature (the physical universe), having consciousness and will, and having voluntary causality to/from nature.  

    2)  The question of the existence of a deity can't be solved within empirical science: any entity so defined, could confound any experiment to test its existence, thus no such experiment can be valid, a-priori.

    3)  The subjective experience of perceiving the existence or nonexistence of a deity depends upon individual neurophysiology, and belief or non-belief in deities follows accordingly.  (As with sexual orientation, it's hard-wired in the brain.  Individuals who shift between theistic and atheistic beliefs over time are roughly equivalent to bisexuals who have both same-sex and opposite-sex relationships at various points in their lives.)

    4)  Freedom of belief on the part of individuals is the recognition of the inherent diversity of individual neurophysiology with respect to the perception of the existence or non-existence of a deity.  

    5)  Science is empirically agnostic.  The positions that science is atheistic (anything that is not demonstrated true is false, deity as unnecessary explanatory mechanism), or conversely that science is theistic (the Enlightenment belief that the consistency and lawfulness of scientific findings reveals something about the mind of the deity), are matters of subjective belief backed up by subjective experience and by reasoning derived from subjective experience.

    6)  In the absence of an exclusively and empirically-demonstrably true scientific position on the question of the existence of deities, societies must necessarily operate on the basis of (4).  

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 04:06:55 PM PDT

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