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Bernard White


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Can we ever design an experiment which can determine whether God exists?

I just find it hard to believe when people say : "There is no evidence for God". Yes there isn't because we can't design an experiment to prove or disprove this hypothesis.
However a very important thing, Which I devoted a whole TED Debate to (Here is the link to that debate : http://www.ted.com/conversations/17001/can_god_be_defined_or_in_othe.html), is that to work out whether the hypothesis is true we must first define what we mean by "God" (and "existence" for that matter), which I have found doesn't prove to be very successful. Otherwise we can't advance into going to making experiment for this hypothesis.
In science (I believe) theories can only be disproved and never proved to be "certain", so in this sense everybody has to be an agnostic about God, unless some genius in the TED community can come up with an experiment.
While another problem remains that we base all data we have on experimental data we have gained from the past, and expect the future to be consistent.

So in this sense I am a strong agnostic / Ignostic because God hasn't really been defined (and only has subjective definitions) and that I can't genially think of an experiment to determine whether God exist of not. So yes in the literal sense there is no "evidence" but that's only because no experiment have been done.
(Also there remains the slight problem with the fact that there is a degree of uncertainness in everything, and that no matter how logical and rational a hypothesis may seem it can always be proved false, or untrue)

My final point would be I see no correlation with an absence of evidence, and an evidence of absence! (This is very important)

And of-course, I apologize for repeating myself (if I have done so!) and my awful spelling and grammar.
Just so I say now, so I get no confusion, this is just an honest enquiry as to whether it can be done! (Not trying to reduce "God" in any way!)


Closing Statement from Bernard White

I'm slightly worreid I won't do a good job of this summary but here I go :

I must first say this :
I implore everybody to look at my "new" God debate :
What does the theological implications do the "Psychology" and "Neuroscience" (and possibly biology) of religion/ "God(s)" have?
Link : http://www.ted.com/conversations/18226/what_does_the_theological_impl.html

This has been a wonderful debate with lots of interesting idea's. However I view, with the majority consensus, (and please correct me if I have got this wrong) that there isn't a experiment which can (dis)prove the existence of "God(s)".
I would just like to congratulate everybody for their amazing contributions to the conversation. It has given me a lot to ponder.
Kind regards (to all),

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    Apr 7 2013: your question has been answered at least a few thousand years ago. there is an experiment already that's been designed to prove god's existence... you keep running east looking for a sunset.
    • Apr 7 2013: Hi Glenn!
      Ha ha! Yes, I think I know where you're going with this. Please lay it out with some detail - should you wish, of course.
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        Apr 7 2013: I would never take the pleasure of discovering it for yourself away from you. you will find out eventually... everyone does.
        • Apr 7 2013: Hi Bud!
          Point taken!
        • Apr 7 2013: Hi Glenn!
          Exploration for The Divine can't but cause us to look at ourselves critically also - I think. Us common folk can also participate in the exploration process - dispite our limmited 'physical' senses and our laughably, still clunky technology as a race.
          I would reference the explorations of a rather ordinary guy (who was originally not all that concerned with the above question), Robert Monroe. If you're interested, you can also check out my 20 something years of experiencial explorations at TrueAscensionLLC.com
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        Apr 7 2013: thank you Jordan, I will definitely check this out. your point is very profound, as is the simplicity of the answers to the questions we all have. ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find... it's all in the questioning and how we phrase our questions that will determine the satisfaction of our answers. let's keep asking solution-based questions! I look forward to conversing again, have a great day!

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