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#21 D.Chhetri   Members   -  Reputation: 181

Posted 20 January 2011 - 09:01 PM


I can't help but hate threads like this one. In my opinion it should be a standard rule that mods close these threads...


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#22 way2lazy2care   Members   -  Reputation: 782

Posted 20 January 2011 - 09:40 PM

I can't help but hate threads like this one. In my opinion it should be a standard rule that mods close these threads...


it would probably be better if they did. All it will do is offend some users and they rarely raise any points that could be considered new. Questioning the entire belief structure of a core belief (not belief specific) that someone has held their whole life is obviously going to offend them and rarely will do anything to disprove anything anymore than their proofs for a god would disprove a belief that one does not exist.

#23 akaitora   Members   -  Reputation: 162

Posted 20 January 2011 - 09:43 PM

This is actually a very interesting question. I am very blessed to make my living as a game programmer. I am doing something that I have always wanted to do even as a child. Our development team at work spends our time creating virtual worlds. Our artists spend quite a bit of time designing characters, terrains, rivers, roads, mountains, lighting, etc until they look perfect. As for us engineers, we spend our time creating virtual laws that our entities must obey and follow. For example, it is up to my discretion as to how much gravity will be applied to the virtual world... if any at all. It is also my responsibility to create the objective and rules for accomplishing that objective. Often times it requires a team of talented and intelligent ceos, producers, writers, artists, engineers, and sound technicians to accomplish a good virtual world experience. I am so happy that video games don't happen by chance or by accident because if they did... well I think many of us would be out of jobs. Virtual worlds simply don't create themselves... nor would they evolve over billions of years by chance. You see we know that Virtual Worlds and video games can't create themselves. Even though the universe is far more complex however, we easily try to reject God.

I believe this is what the Apostle Paul was getting at in Romans when he wrote the following,

"18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles." (Romans 1:18-23)



Its funny, I have a toy of Donkey Kong that sits on my computer at work. I asked a friend of mind where it came from. He said that some toy company must have designed it. However when I asked him where do real monkeys come from, he said they are just a product of mindless chemical reactions that evolved over billions of years... Interesting...

Alright friends, take it easy! =)

#24 Hodgman   Moderators   -  Reputation: 31786

Posted 20 January 2011 - 10:04 PM

You see we know that Virtual Worlds and video games can't create themselves.

Yeah, just as a chicken cannot give birth to the egg from which itself hatches from...
However, virtual worlds, video games, and chickens can spontaneously come into existence by random, unguided forces of nature (as evidenced by the existence of chickens :P).

Even though the universe is far more complex however, we easily try to reject God.
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Its funny, I have a toy of Donkey Kong that sits on my computer at work. I asked a friend of mind where it came from. He said that some toy company must have designed it. However when I asked him where do real monkeys come from, he said they are just a product of mindless chemical reactions that evolved over billions of years...

"Rejecting God" is not the same thing as believing that "God" is actually a mindless manifold... You could say that those "mindless chemical reactions" are God, in which case it would still be misleading to say that "God created the world" (implying "he" did it on purpose).

If you step in dog poop, you don't marvel and the wonderous design created by the almighty dog anus. If you did, then after looking at the world you'd probably conclude that God himself is just a really large sphincter...

Questioning the entire belief structure of a core belief (not belief specific) that someone has held their whole life is obviously going to offend them

Sorry, but if you're offended by questioning your belief of the paranormal/spiritual, then you're exactly the kind of person that needs to question a few more things about your life, and lighten the fuck up. Anyone serious about their paranormal/spiritual beliefs should enjoy questioning and discovering their foundations.

#25 typedef struct   Members   -  Reputation: 230

Posted 20 January 2011 - 11:13 PM

Doh, I accidentally upvoted this thread, so I'd better reply.

Is religion really just the answer to man's fear of death?


No, it's man's answer to the fear of being accountable to no one but himself. That's a hard pill to swallow, it's easier to pretend you're accountable to something.
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#26 laztrezort   Members   -  Reputation: 972

Posted 20 January 2011 - 11:33 PM

I don't want to get into the core debate here, but this:

However, virtual worlds, video games, and chickens can spontaneously come into existence by random, unguided forces of nature (as evidenced by the existence of chickens :P).


I think should be clarified, since it seems to trip people up. While there is a random element involved, evolution is far more efficient than the simple random shuffling of chemicals.

Randomly generating code will never get you anywhere, but genetic algorithms do work (given enough time and the correct conditions).

Evolution is not random, and is not unguided - just not guided by an intelligence.

#27 Hodgman   Moderators   -  Reputation: 31786

Posted 20 January 2011 - 11:48 PM

Randomly generating code will never get you anywhere

Actually, it will.
It's mathematically provable that a random code generator would - with 100% certainty - eventually produce the entire works of Activision.

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 11:59 PM


Randomly generating code will never get you anywhere

Actually, it will.
It's mathematically provable that a random code generator would - with 100% certainty - eventually produce the entire works of Activision.


Good to know - so far my army of coding monkeys have only produced a couple of crappy Sega games... maybe if I give them another few billion billion years, they'll make something cool.

Like Pitfall.
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Posted 21 January 2011 - 12:34 AM

Doh, I accidentally upvoted this thread, so I'd better reply.


Is religion really just the answer to man's fear of death?


No, it's man's answer to the fear of being accountable to no one but himself. That's a hard pill to swallow, it's easier to pretend you're accountable to something.


I think, it's more to provide a reason for existence. People wanted reasons for working hard in tough conditions (think back when these religions were founded, life was HARD), trying to be good people, and religion gave them a reason. It's difficult for reasoning beings (humans in this case) to believe their life has no meaning beside surviving day-to-day
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#30 Molle85   Members   -  Reputation: 172

Posted 21 January 2011 - 12:38 AM

I'm an atheist. ( It's not that scary, is it? I mean, have you played Amnesia? That's way scarier... )

Yet, I believe that "God" exists.
The concept of God lives in the mind of the believers of "God", much like Father Christmas.
There is no hard evidence of God, as we don't yet have the technology to prove the concept.

Interestingly, perhaps God exists in another sense; perhaps this world/universe is a prison or rehabilitation, or even a school.
Imagine the possibility of there only being one concious life, "God", yet the universe is populated by uncountable lifeforms.
Perhaps, in this situation, God is to live the full life of each lifeform in turn, which exists, will exist, and has existed, to better itself.
Perhaps this is a simulation, inwhich all of this happens in the blink of an eye.


By definition atheism is the lack of belief in a god/gods, attributing the label god to something else like nature is just trying to fool yourself to feel comfortable with something you don't fully understand.
There is no reason to label something God just because we don't understand it yet, finding out and learning is a part of the human experience and maybe even in a philosofical sense the meaning of life.

If you get overwhelmed about all the amazing and beautiful stuff in the unverse and give up trying to learn about it that's fine, I and most atheists have nothing against believers.
But if you're trying to make a science out of your religion/belief then we'll try to fill in the blanks which you don't want to understand, we call ourselves rationalists because we are actually trying to find the truth.

Also we dont have the technology to prove the concept of a god?
That is just silly, it's impossible to invent a way to measure something which the believers (which has the burden of proof) can't even define themselves.

So in conclusion, if you really want to call yourself an atheist then you need to let go of the ambiguous term "god"

#31 samoth   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 5032

Posted 21 January 2011 - 04:03 AM

theres another thing... eternal damnation. If we live for 70 years, commit a few sins here and there (punch someone etc.) then 70 / infinity = 0?
so really our sins meant 0 for the amount of punishment we were given? and yet other animals just simply pass away to non-existance?

"Baptism opens the gates of heaven to sinners." That is originally a quote from Thomas of Aquin, but it was last renewed 3-4 years ago by the current CEO of The Church Josef Benedict.
In other words, never mind your sins, that's ok as long as you find some guy wearing white robes (btw. it does not matter if that happens to be a child molester, as long as he was baptised) to pour some water over your head. A few centuries ago, you would have had to buy indulgence too, but you're lucky today.

Having said that, my belief is that religion is the ingenious invention of clever people to make an easy life from everyone's fear. If you look throughout history, and in nearly every culture (some Buddhists exempt, but they simply haven't understood how it works, yet), the priest has always, for millenia, been the fat guy drinking wine from a golden cup, eating meat, and having a good time while you and everyone else was working 14 hours daily on the field, starving and dying from plague and in in wars (mind you, wars with people whose only crime is to pray to the exact same god under a different name), because god wants it that way and because you're a darn sinner, and those heretics deserve to die, and you do too, anyway, you sinner.

I do not doubt that god, or one god, or several gods exist as such. Though I don't think so, but who am I to say, how would I possibly know.

But it is certain that it (he/she/they?) does not exist in a way like The One Book says, or in the way like the Other One Book, or in the way The Yet Other One Book says. Those books were written centuries after their alleged stories by people who had a lot of motives, truth not necessarily being one of them. And, those books were censored, adjusted, and re-written several times throughout history in non-trivial ways.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 04:20 AM

religion is the ingenious invention of clever people to make an easy life from everyone's fear.


Religion is the clever explanation of WHY everything turns into misery in your life. The fact that it is spread by morons doesn't take the truth away from it. The best thing the devil did was convincing everyone that the truth can only be found in one place.
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#33 Katie   Members   -  Reputation: 1371

Posted 21 January 2011 - 05:03 AM

"Cogito ergo sum"

It's actually part of a longer proof that God exists.

The idea is that you deny everything you cannot prove is being manipulated. You cannot trust your senses -- they may deceive you. You know only that you think -- and therefore that you must BE. "My thinking this question IS the proof of my being". It continues with "And therefore thinking things must exist".

Having got to that point, the proof considers things that can be thought about -- and Descartes says that the concept of "God" contains things that he himself could never have created. And therefore the origin for the concept necessarily lies beyond his own mind -- and that therefore God must exist.


{It's not a great proof, in my opinion.}

#34 Katie   Members   -  Reputation: 1371

Posted 21 January 2011 - 05:09 AM

And I wouldn't worry about being an atheist. It's perfectly possible to be a rational considered atheist. Considered means that you've actually thought about it and made a positive choice rather than merely being a lapsed faithful. And rational means that you understand and accept the implications.

The former is easier than the latter. The latter means abandoning much of the sort of "warm fuzziness" that even the majority of the non-religious have. There is no god, there are no souls -- which even lapsed religious people seem to hold dear to. True atheists accept that we are just thinking meat.

On the other hand -- we are meat that THINKS and can understand the universe. How cool is that???

And people die. And there is nothing afterwards -- and that means that people are important alive. They do not go to a reward and to meet us again in the future; they just go. We do not go to a better place; if we want a better place we must make THIS a better place.

#35 irreversible   Crossbones+   -  Reputation: 1401

Posted 21 January 2011 - 05:35 AM


This goes on forever (god's god's god etc.)

Ha! The mere existence of stack overflows is a proof that god exists.



Chuck Norris doesn't get stack overflows, because, obviously, he if chooses, he will overflow the stack himself. Therefore he must be God.

On a serious note, however:

Generally speaking - why is it that people throw around the term God without giving the slightest thought to what actually constitutes it? The omnipotence of Q from Star Trek? The multifaceted existence and can'tquiteputmyfingeronitness of the Vorlons from Babylon 5? The fact that we, as a species, figured we'd be punished in horrible life-threatening ways if we didn't sacrifice living things to it for thousands of years? A good conversation point? The beard?

I personally don't think I've seen two people from any same religion (or different for that matter) whose understanding and definition of God would hold up to honest comparison. "I think therefore I am" is a recursive term and as far as God in its generic sense is involved, Hodgman's assertion that the reverse doesn't hold true might just as well be wrong - after all what constitutes 'thinking'? In its broadest sense even motor reflexes are a form of thinking; and even bacteria have motor reflexes - they seek the ideal conditions for existence.

Of course all that sounds a bit dubious and one would do well to take a step back here and consider the link between an undefined entity (a God) and their own ego that their ability to be sentient, in and of itself, implies their existence (and that the reverse, which some people also believe, doesn't). I hereby propose the Anthropic Principle - a close counter-relative of Charles Darwin's Evolution Of Species that in a modern scientific context suggests that, given the extremely fine-tuned nature of some things in our universe (eg the very particular value of the Cosmological constant, which is absolutely essential to get right for our kind of existence), there must be some form of meddling involved that has brought about the absolutely essential conditions required for our kind of life - the existence of a kind of super-being or 'god', if you will.

Regardless - before jumping to the obvious conclusion, take another look at the Darwinian approach and consider some self-similarity that our universe seems to hold a special place for (as examples, consider the Rutherford atomic model vs. the planetary model or the presence of oscillations on every imaginable scale from gravitational distortions to musical harmonics to how fundamental particles behave):

Assuming a landscape of a virtual infinity of pocket universes - a.k.a. parallel universes or parallel dimensions - (eg String Theory suggests a number in the range of 10500), both Darwin and logic dictate (ironically, one could argue that Darwin was also bound by logic) conditions in one of those are bound to meet some form of criteria necessary for sentient life - whatever your definition of sentience might be. Even our kind of life. Admittedly, whether those pocket universes are real or not is a debate for another time, but some pretty darn respected people have admitted that there are things that actually don't make sense without the landscape. The implication hereby is that if you have a virtual infinity of universes, a virtually infinite number of those will contain "just the right conditions" for sentient beings (such as ourselves) to ask the question. This, in and of itself, does not require the existence of a supreme being (of course one could always go a step further and ask: "What, then, has prompted the existence of time and space in which the landscape exists? Ha!" and we'd be back to square one with the problem of recursion).

It might suck as an explanation, but God and God's existence is little more than the problem of the chicken and the egg - it's recursive and paradoxical. Unless... unless it's something we might even not be equipped to comprehend (eg akin to a paradox with a solution) in which case we shouldn't even be trying to attribute any form of belief to it. But that's just my point of view.

Now, personally, I don't think an argument can be made based solely on philosophy. However, I do think that a lot can be deduced from simply observing things and idling under an apple tree on a Sunday afternoon. Too many a time has this been proven, the most notorious case being that of Newton's Law Of Gravity, which was succeeded as a result of an even more dramatical tour de force of the human brain - as little more than a series of thought experiments - in the form of General Relativity in 1915. Both of these first came from one man's head (well, not completely, but to a vast degree) and were proven by other people. Hereby, whether Descartes' assertion is true or false, could be solvable/provable by thought alone. However, that doesn't mean it actually is.



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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:04 AM

Sorry, but if you're offended by questioning your belief of the paranormal/spiritual, then you're exactly the kind of person that needs to question a few more things about your life, and lighten the fuck up. Anyone serious about their paranormal/spiritual beliefs should enjoy questioning and discovering their foundations.

you misunderstand. I suppose I should restate that naively questioning the belief structure someone has held and studied their whole life is offensive.

Do you think I just go to church on sundays because my mother told me to? and she went because her mother told her to? Do you think I pray because the bible tells me to? In all of my 23 years, most of which as a catholic, do you think I never questioned my faith or pried deeper into what I believe to form the belief structure I hold today?

I do not believe in God because I fear that I will be punished if I don't. That is a stupid reason to believe in anything. I believe in God because through various life experiences both as a former agnostic and as a catholic that faith has been repeatedly reaffirmed and cemented; because when I have been more active with my faith my life has gotten better, and when I have not my life has gotten worse.

Religion is the clever explanation of WHY everything turns into misery in your life. The fact that it is spread by morons doesn't take the truth away from it. The best thing the devil did was convincing everyone that the truth can only be found in one place.


I am sorry you feel that way, but clearly you have never studied Christianity or Buddhism.

the priest has always, for millenia, been the fat guy drinking wine from a golden cup, eating meat, and having a good time while you and everyone else was working 14 hours daily on the field, starving and dying from plague and in in wars (mind you, wars with people whose only crime is to pray to the exact same god under a different name), because god wants it that way and because you're a darn sinner, and those heretics deserve to die, and you do too, anyway, you sinner

have you ever been to a church recently?

I won't say that nobody in any church is corrupt, but all catholic ministers take a vow of poverty and many different orders take it to different degrees. The church will often provide room and board, but the priests themselves make <$10,000/year for personal needs (books, hobbies, clothes, whatever) and very often donate their leftovers. And it's not like they sit around all day doing nothing. There is at least one mass every day they have to preside over, and they are most often the chief administrator for their parish responsible for everything that has to go along with that. A lot of them also have jobs on top of their priestly duties and more often than not either accept no pay or donate the pay to the church.

Seriously go talk to a priest for a little while. They're usually available and more than happy to talk to anyone about their faith.

The pope doesn't even get paid until he's dead.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:08 AM

You are trying to rationalize something that is obviously fiction


Why is it "obviously"? It's not "obvious" at all. How many times does it have to be said. Here's the only truth - no one will be able to prove or disprove the existence of God. Period!

End of line.

We're done here. Nothing to see, move along.

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#38 Xest   Members   -  Reputation: 140

Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:30 AM

I'm not really an atheist, I've actually read the new testament every night for the past four years with no exception. I'm reading revelations at the moment which is quite brutal and probably why I'm posting this. which reminds me... I think ill order a King James bible from Amazon while I remember.


But why? Imagine what you could understand if you read programming or scientific literature instead.

Do I fear eternal damnation for not believing nor caring about god? No, not really, if a god does that to me despite having been a good person, my only crime being not dedicating my life to him then that's one cruel god, that's one self-obsessed god if I have to think about him every day. Even if god is real, and he is the kind caring god he's portrayed to be in the bible, then do you really believe he wants you to spend your life paying attention to him? Even if you believe in god I'm fairly sure it does not mean you have to dedicate your life to him.

I don't believe in really any kind of spirituality at all, when you begin to understand chaos and emergence you recognise how things can come to be without any need for a god, the beauty of the results and patterns of emergent processes such as evolution are far more beautiful than any tales of god in any religion. You should not be suprised by the inconsistencies the thought of god leads you to note- the whole concept of god is inconsistent across the globe, if there are 2.2 billion christians in the world and 1.3 billion muslims and the christians turn to be wrong and it was Allah they should've worshipped then are those 2.2 billion christians to be condemned anyway? There's a lot of you religious folk and if any of you are to be believed you can't all be right yet you all insist you are right and many of you from different religions will even swear blind that you've had a religious experience demonstrating the existence of god. Some of you despite swearing blind you have, must be wrong.

Me? I'm content that if I just live my life and a god were to be real, that he'd fault me far less than those who zealousy worshipped him or other gods, those who did wrong. I do not believe for one moment that a god would fault me amongst 6 billion people for simply living a life of curiosity and interest in the natural world and his creations rather than giving him focus. More realistically though I think when I die I will be burnt or buried and any remains will eventually be soaked up as nutrients for plantlife and my remains will feed into the cycle of life- that's about the closest to reincarnation I believe I'll ever get.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:39 AM

if there are 2.2 billion christians in the world and 1.3 billion muslims and the christians turn to be wrong and it was Allah they should've worshipped then are those 2.2 billion christians to be condemned anyway?

they are the same God.

The differences between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism are similar to the differences between Catholicism and Mormonism just earlier.

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Posted 21 January 2011 - 08:44 AM

... despite having been a good person ...

"good" by what standards and who gets to say that standard is valid/correct? That's the thing and I never will understand this argument.


Me? I'm content that if I just live my life and a god were to be real, that he'd fault me far less than those who zealousy worshipped him or other gods, those who did wrong. I do not believe for one moment that a god would fault me amongst 6 billion people for simply living a life of curiosity and interest in the natural world and his creations rather than giving him focus.

If you believe God as stated in the Bible is real, then believing what you've stated here is silly because the Bible says your belief is invalid. You can't have it both ways.
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