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07-12-2012, 12:59 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?"
But it still doesn't answer questions that deal with the physical world.

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07-12-2012, 01:02 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?"
Because it doesn't answer anything. It is a verbal blank.

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07-12-2012, 01:03 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?"
(07-12-2012 12:59 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  But it still doesn't answer questions that deal with the physical world.


What doesn't answer? "I don't know" ?

If that is what you mean, then you are still wrong.
It is the honest, factual, non-metaphysical answer to a question for which we do not yet have an answer.

Skepticism is not a position; it is an approach to claims.
Science is not a subject, but a method.
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07-12-2012, 01:05 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?"
Perhaps it is best to say it is a response to a question that demonstrates the lack of a current answer.

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07-12-2012, 01:06 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?"
We keep using answer with respect to "I don't know" when it would be best to say it is a response to the question as opposed to silence.

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07-12-2012, 01:07 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?"
Okay, I'll take that it's not metaphysical and that it's a verbal blank, but in the same vein, why is saying "God did it" physical?

It's a metaphysical claim, so it's theology.

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07-12-2012, 01:08 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?"
(07-12-2012 01:02 PM)TheBeardedDude Wrote:  Because it doesn't answer anything. It is a verbal blank.
Exactly.

Your answer can be as absurd, irrational, illogical and unrealistic as you want it to be. Once you invoke the supernatural, everything goes.

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07-12-2012, 01:09 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?"
(07-12-2012 01:07 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  Okay, I'll take that it's not metaphysical and that it's a verbal blank, but in the same vein, why is saying "God did it" physical?

It's a metaphysical claim, so it's theology.


Because it attributes causality of something in the physical world to something for which there is no evidence of existence.

Therefore, it is a claim about physical reality.

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07-12-2012, 01:12 PM
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(07-12-2012 01:07 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  Okay, I'll take that it's not metaphysical and that it's a verbal blank, but in the same vein, why is saying "God did it" physical?

It's a metaphysical claim, so it's theology.
Because it makes a claim about a question that exists in the physical world with some interaction with it. If it interacts with and impacts the physical world, then it can be known. No one has yet to show the evidence that it has any real physical world existence, and as such, it is an unnecessary assertion and a baseless claim.

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07-12-2012, 01:12 PM
RE: "How could you believe that?"
My sock puppet account keeps posting before me...

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