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Subject: Re: Ashes to ashes, ... Date: 7/15/2014 10:52 AM
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And since when is solely having a mathematical basis sufficient for something to be called a "scientific" hypothesis?

How about General Relativity? That was purely mathematical and was not testable for about 40 years after it was proposed.

Off the top of my head.

Many hypotheses start as mathematical derivations from theoretical physicists. String theory is one such. The Higgs boson was another (recently confirmed 50 years after it was predicted by the math). Etc. Physics and mathematics are inextricably intertwined, and have been since at least Isaac Newton (who actually invented calculus to answer a physics question).

As for myth and superstition, you tried to equate mathematically-derived hypotheses (such as inflation, which also is consistent with observation) to a creator (that has no mathematical nor observable basis). They simply aren't comparable.
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