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Stewart Gault


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Why do we let this happen in the world?



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    Jun 6 2012: all the genius's and famous scientist all believed in religion and hoistic powers before they died. follow your path in faith...
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      Jun 6 2012: What a pathetic argument, they believed in the god of the gaps, it just proves that god is only EVER evoked when there's something that can't be explained and people want the easy answer. Newton was one of the best physicists ever, he worked out so much and I'm not even going to list what he did, but when he got to the edge of his thinking capabilities he evoked god, he couldn't work out how all the planets' combined gravitational effects managed to keep them orbiting and not being pulled out of orbit, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4238NN8HMgQ I think Neil Degrasse Tyson mentions it in this talk, something like 90% of the national academy of science's members are atheist, times are changing.
      • Jun 9 2012: "…they believed in the god of the gaps," exactly.

        They sought to explain as much as they could, and when they could explain no more they let their culture take over and set their mind to ease with god. But, then again, isn't that what people have done all along? In a sense, the trend is saying, “the explanation is god until further notice”.

        Thunder and lightning is not an angry god.
        Your crops will not be good this year because you killed a lamb for god.
        Someone does not have blue eyes because they were chosen by god.
        Someone does not even have blue eyes because "god mixed your DNA cocktail".

        Someone has blue eyes because a mutation occurred around 10, 000 years ago (when no one had blue eyes, and depending on who you talk to was either before or after god created the earth), formed the gene for blue eyes, and then their parents carried that gene (thank you evolution).

        But, the South Koreans may never know that because, "...half disagreed that “modern humans are the product of evolutionary processes”."

        I'm not trying to be argumentative (I hope I don't come off that way), I'm just showing an issue that some people might have with this.
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      Jun 16 2012: I guess we don't know if all were theists, but probably most reflecting the demographics of the time.

      I note they all didn't believe in the same god or dogma.

      Still a weak point. If a genius believes in something without reasonable evidence that something is not necessarily correct.

      I recall reading Newton believed in alchemy etc. So do we believe their other debunked beliefs?

      Even pointing to recent or current great scientists that are theists is not proof of any god.

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