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How do we move past a statement that cannot be proven


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  • #304108
    roy rainbow
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    1. I saw a UFO , I don’t know what it was.

    2.  I believe in God but I cannot prove he exists .

    3.  I do not believe in God but I cannot prove there is no God.

    I don’t see any way to keep talking about the above statements after the period.

    However, a  A scientist could begin to explore the environment or the space above earth to hypothesize ,using the scientific method to begin to unravel nature , which has been done very well for hundreds of years.

    It is said that  theologians  Can also move past the period. If they use   individuals or institutions alive at the time who claimed to  have observed events . But it is a fact that personal  accounts of events are the most unreliable in the scientific community.

    Theologians can also use the written word of individuals from the time. To claim proof  Of  events, but the writers are human, so written works are subject to personal interpretation,  motivation , level of intelligence and what state of mind is the  writer in at the time .

    I can see only one way past the period.

    Can anyone move past the period another way ?? ( with out  resorting in hocus-pocus or magic )

    #304119
    Lausten
    Keymaster

    Didn’t you already do it with the mention of the scientific method? If you include the philosophy of science, we can discuss what “prove” means. Books have been written on this.

    #304121
    roy rainbow
    Participant

    Thank you for the response.

    I am a antithesis, I posted this  question because I’m troubled that some people don’t realize that once you  acknowledge  Your  ignorance of a  subject one of the only ways to move beyond ignorance is to use the scientific method or a  testable verifiable repeatable method to arrive at a conclusion,not  invoke magic ,I  View faith as a weapon of mass destruction , With  Faith you can be talked into,coerced or God directed you to do almost anything , therefore turning a good person into a bad one .

    #304122
    roy rainbow
    Participant

    Just a funny thought I just had; if god is good and the devil is bad:  wouldn’t people  receive a welcome to hell party in celebration of being bad like the devil , not  torture because they are just like the devil .

    Just pointing that out.

    #304131
    Advocatus
    Participant

    True; the argument from personal experience is probably the most compelling to the person making it, but when it comes to convincing others, it’s the weakest.  Consider that when the first European explorers in Australia discovered the platypus, naturalists back in Britain and America didn’t believe them. They thought it was a hoax. Photographs weren’t enough, even stuffed specimens weren’t enough. Only when they caught a live platypus and sent it back to a zoo did naturalists say, “Yeah, it looks like you’ve got a real, live animal there.” That’s the way it is with UFO’s and the paranormal at least.

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