Faith and Evidence

Is this culturally relevant?

Following an article in the "Spiegel"  59% of all Spanish people believe in God in a traditional sense, 18% are not believers at all, whereas 74% of all Italians do believe in God in a tradional sense, whereas only 6 % are  not believers.  The numbers come from a survey conducted by the EC, 4 years ago.

What I liked: Barack Obama, in his inauguration speech mentioned non believers on the same level as Christians, Muslims, Jews and others.

Is this culturally relevant?

Following an article in the "Spiegel"  59% of all Spanish people believe in God in a traditional sense, 18% are not believers at all, whereas 74% of all Italians do believe in God in a tradional sense, whereas only 6 % are  not believers.  The numbers come from a survey conducted by the EC, 4 years ago.

What I liked: Barack Obama, in his inauguration speech mentioned non believers on the same level as Christians, Muslims, Jews and others.

IX. Science of Ethics

This refers to chapter IX of Russells book "Religion and Science"
Russell points out in this chapter that Ethics is based on values and that these values are purely individual psychological desires and there is nothing to do about proving what is better.  There is no "Good", no "Beautiness" no "Pleasure" that is absolute or common
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I do not agree completely with this position:

Year End Considerations to the motto's of this Web Log

"I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I'm not absolutely sure of anything..."
Richard Feynman (Theoretical Physicist)

"To be clear-headed rather than confused; lucid rather than obscure; rational rather than otherwise; and to be neither more, nor less, sure of things than is justifiable by argument or evidence. That is worth trying for."

Sir Geoffrey Warnock

...from now on I should be mighty and rich

...and I should also have many girlfriends :-). I bought a big black Dragonhorse at the museum of the city wall of Xi'an. As I bought the big black one (for the office), I got also the smaller white one (for home) and I got also the little pink one for having many concubines. So I should be completely settled. At least if I would believe in Feng Shui theories; if it does not work out I will surely have failed to put the Dragonhorse in the right ankle to the sun, the moon, or the star in a specific day or some other site settings were wrong.

The parable of the celestial teapot

"Many orthodox people speak as though it were the business of sceptics to disprove received dogmas rather than of dogmatics to prove them. This is, of course, a mistake. If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes.

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