Can we choose to believe in God?
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23-09-2016, 01:11 PM
RE: Can we choose to believe in God?
(23-09-2016 12:15 PM)Tomasia Wrote:  
(22-09-2016 04:23 PM)Chas Wrote:  The important point that you are overlooking is what constitutes evidence.
A person's internal, unrepeatable, unfalsifiable, unconfirmable experience is not evidence.

There are many things I don't want to believe or would rather not believe, but the evidence that they are true does not allow it.
It's not matter of what your want to believe, but that variety of stimuli acting on your brain that gets you to believe something is true, regardless of whether you like to believe this or not.

And this impacted by a whole slew of factors both concious and unconscious, upbringing, social and cultural factors, relationships with one's parents, siblings, etc... which impact how we see the world, others, and ourselves. Our thoughts are no more free of such factors than we are.

Suggesting otherwise is just peddling magic.

Magic? No, I'm talking about evidence.

Skepticism is not a position; it is an approach to claims.
Science is not a subject, but a method.
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