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Subject: Re: Ashes to ashes, ... Date: 7/15/2014 1:09 AM
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Not comparable to myth and superstition. All those things you mentioned have either a mathematical basis or actual data supporting them (or both). Hypotheses in science don't last long without one or the other. Religion, like an unwanted guest, persists despite this dearth of basis.

I have to admit to not completely following this thread. Not sure for example what it is that I posted that falls under myth and superstition. And since when is solely having a mathematical basis sufficient for something to be called a "scientific" hypothesis? There is substantial controversy for whether at least 3 of the 4 hypotheses I mentioned can ever be experimentally tested, so in what way is string theory for example a more legitimate hypothesis than intelligent creation? After all, we have far more empirical evidence for the physical existence of intelligence than we do for vibrating strings of mathematics. So how is an untestable mathematical hypothesis different from an untestable religious belief?

As for religion and the dearth of basis, I think you are letting your biases show. The central tenet for most religions is that there is something more than the physical. The observation that religious beliefs continue to persist suggests that those beliefs are effective and beneficial. That can be seen as evidence in favor.
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