To prove there are things that are valid to believe in because your intuition pushes you there.
Intuition tells us the Sun revolves around the Earth.
I have no evidence, but empirically, that's what makes sense to me.
Empirical data is evidence.
However, read about argument from personal experience.
Regardless, if someone said clearly 'I believe in free will", would you say to him that it's as unproved as Santa or the Easter Bunny?
No, because, as I explained in earlier posts, we have evidence to points both ways. One that you've mentioned. On the other hand, the law of nature that we know are deterministic.
People do things without evidence, simply because of intuition. All the time. Countless man hours have been spent the last decades on string theory, regardless of it being mostly unverified and has yet to make predictions that can be experimentally tested.
Yes. And no one is saying the String Theory is true until it's verified.
Yet many many scientist go down that road, hoping that it'll get somewhere. Do you understand? Hard scientific work goes into it, without evidence that it will actually lead somewhere.
Are you kidding? They just sat and thought: let's find a new theory!
We have General Relativity that describes the world on a large scale. And we have Quantum Physics that describes the world on a small scale. Both theories have been verified in their domain. The String Theory is one of the attempts to unify those.
For all we know, it could be bollocks.
Yup. It's like proving a theorem. It could true or it could be false. You have to check to know.
The "God hypothesis", if you will, is falsifiable, at least for me. If you can prove that our brain functions are nothing more than products of deterministic natural laws, that is,say, build a machine/simulation that, given the correct data, can fully predict a human's behaviour, then it clearly follows that there is no such thing as a "soul", there is only matter, which settles the issue, as far as I'm concerned: There is nothing else but natural laws and matter. It proves the idea that "God breathed into [Adam's] nostrils the breath of life and he became a living soul" is simply false. I would give up the idea of God at that instant.
Ok. First define God, then define free will, the show how having free will requires God.
Speaking of scientists, people like Newton and Leibnitz were strong believers. Just a note.
Albert Einstein was against capitalism. Just a note.