Legenda: Snapshot of faith. People in the UK are less likely to believe in God than those in any other country, according to a BBC-commissioned global survey of religion. The survey was conducted in January 2004 by independent research company ICM for the BBC's What the World Thinks of God programme.
Gráfico retirado deste site da BBC.
Delusions of faith as a science
Dawkins's attempt to test the existence of God is as silly as using logic to tear down Santa Claus in the eyes of a child, says Henry Gee.
In his book Unweaving The Rainbow, Richard Dawkins boasts (boasts!) that he told a six-year-old that Father Christmas doesn't exist. His logic was purely scientific - there wouldn't be time for Santa to reach the homes of all the good children in the world in one night.
Achei os comentários nesse post meio cansativos (a conversa de surdos de sempre, além de alguns cranks que apareceram para divulgar suas idéias). Mas este comentário valeu:
To all sides: When my daughter was a toddler and asked me "does God exist?", I answered that it is purely a matter of faith. She went on "can you prove one or the othyer?" I explained that any proof is based on premisses which themselves require proof, which require premisses, and so on. In the end, there is always a beginning which is adopted without proof. They may be declared evident "by thmselves" (axioma). Therefore, the proof of any "truth" depends on those axioma which you choose (or are inspired) to believe. For a discussion to be valid, there must first be an agreement on those axioma (premisses). The "truth" that will be "proven" is implicit in those premisses. Because the premisses of science and of theism are inconsistent with each other, each will prove a different truth. A discussion under such conditions cannot be conclusive: the 2 (or more) sides are not discussing with each other, but at each other, sometimes killing the other. Each side has its own faith: the theist has faith in (a) God, and the scientist has faith in science: philosophically, there is no difference.
A real incident may illustrate the point. A young school drop out and drug user (and seller) found God. Ben was saying: "God chose me and loves me over all others, and inspires me so that I know things without the effort of study." He worked as a technician in a lab. He asked what results I expected from an experiment he was carrying out. I told him, but he disagreed, predicted a different outcome and that the resuts will prove him right, as he is inspired by God "because God loves me over everyone else." The results agreed with my prediction. Ben became very depressed. I asked if I could help (I thought explaining the experiment complexity of electrochemical/viscous flow dynamics). He said: "No, there is nothing you can do: God loves you more than he loves me"
Posted by: Jacques Leibovitz November 13, 2006 11:04 PM
Jaques Leibovitz parece ser um físico-químico aposentado que deu um seminário sobre matéria escura no 2006 APS April Meeting.
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2006 16:56:25 GMT (35kb)
Statistical Dynamics of Religions and Adherents
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Two Jews are having a passionate discussion about the existence of God. In mid-sentence, one looks at his watch and says "irrespective of the existence of God, it's time for prayers". There is another story, which may or may not be apocryphal, of Jews in a concentration camp who put God on trial, find him guilty -- and then break for prayers.
Legenda: Praying. In Nigeria, 95% of respondents said they prayed regularly. A quarter of those polled in the UK, and 29% in Israel said they never prayed. Nearly 30% of atheists questioned admitted that they prayed sometimes.