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Is the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? posted 12 September 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by AjDeath, Didact

Quote: "Cu'jara Cinmoi":2evedn7k
I agree: it's in the same category as religion insofar as it is a social institution that generates truth-claims. But that's just the beginning isn't it?

Sooner or later, the issue always comes down to the question of the cognitive difference, or which claims are more reliable, comprehensive, efficacious, and so on. Whenever we walk into a car dealership, the cognitive differences between claims is something we're very keen on, but for some reason, most religious people seem to become less and less concerned the more important the claims become. The question, 'But how do you know?' becomes increasingly difficult to ask (to the point where I feel I need to be exceedingly delicate typing this!).

Is this an accurate description? And if so, why do you think this is? And lastly, given that the 'feeling of being right' has no reliable correlation with actually being right (which is why two people can be absolutely convinced - to the point of sacrificing their lives - of two contradictory beliefs), how do you know?[/quote:2evedn7k]

This exactly how I look at it. Science and religion have nothing in common beyond the fact that they are both fundamentally belief structures that deal with mans perception of his place in the universe. I do know that any self respecting scientist would say that this isn't true, because they do not go about to answer these questions. But the fact is that science directly effects the perceptions of the people of the world in this area and even effects lifestyles (people that believe that since there is no God, what is the point, etc.).

On the people who never question there beliefs. They will at some point, but most choose to ignore outside influence. I know when I was a born again christian I wrote a lot of these questions off as the influence of the Devil, that is how these beliefs remain in perpetuity. The mind set is so defensive and the beliefs so self rationalized with these with these automatic defenses (which are hammered into you by other believers) that when these questions appear they are immediately dismissed. The more I learned about life the more I questioned the purpose of this mindset. It is all about how well you can rationalize. I see the same behavior in Science, obviously not the same extent and obviously not about the material the pursue in their work, but rationalization in their mindset. Like I said before, to me science and religion are the two side of faith(rationalization).

The skeptics out there are for the most part, poeple who did not bother to educate themselves further in this area. Science is quite fascinating if you delve into it. I am not an expert and I realize I know jack about science, but the little reading I did was interesting. I would also like to point out that I am not skeptical of science, I am skeptical of everything. This might give you some idea of where I am coming from. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


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