Teodor Hashem

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It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.

This is an Albert Einstein quote.

What do you think? Athiests especially?

Moreover, Albert Einstein did believe in God.
It's clear from his quotes.

  • May 2 2013: If by this he is saying that faith in an idea has power, than i agree. If he's saying believing in religious faith brings it own reality or "possibility" than i say he's confused. Believing does not create reality If he;s talking about god then give me proof..Otherwise it's opinion. So just call it that. Belief is after all synonymous with opinion.
  • May 2 2013: I consider myself an atheist since I actively abstain from religion but to me this quote isn't about religion, it is about thinking of the possibilities and believing them possible or not. The human mind is the most powerful force in our lives, if we truly believe something impossible it will make it true, believing it possible it will work to make it true.
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    May 3 2013: "Believe" has two meanings. One of them is the opposite of giving up. The other is the opposite of asking questions.

    About Einstein... It used to be ok for philosophers, scientists included, to use the word God metaphorically without some braindead Creationist jumping at them crying "Ah-ha!!! so you DO believe !". You must be uneducated in science to believe in a personnal God, to believe in a supernatural Creator or even to believe everything in the universe looks like it's there for a reason. No, Einstein's understanding of the universe did not involve superstitions!
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    May 3 2013: I don't think this quote refers to religion or God. I think it refers to our ability to explore, to 'believe' there's more to know, to not be limited by our known facts, but to find inspiration in the unknown.
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    May 3 2013: .
    It is true!

    Our brain is the most powerful computer today.
    "Believe" means the brain is searching the answer you want.
    Most probably, you will find the answer.
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    May 2 2013: Albert Einstein's beliefs have been studied extensively and should probably not be deduced simply from quotes lifted out of context. From his writing it appears he was, in fact, frustrated by other people's repeated misrepresentation of his beliefs.
  • May 2 2013: All people who believe in god should come to believe in what a so-called atheist believes in.
    As far as I understand, an atheist believes in what they know, what has been proven.
    The rest they prove or disprove.

    So to use the word "believe" in your debate topic and then ask what atheists "think about it" is disingenuous to me.
    It's like saying an atheist is one who doesn't believe in anything. That is totally foolish.

    Take a bridge builder. A good one. They build their bridge based on what they know, what's been proven.
    Yet, like everyone, they cross it in faith.

    I prefer the term, "faitheist". One who believes in what they know.

    In your quote, it doesn't say "believing brings everything to the realm of possibility.'
    It says, "doing....... brings everything to the realm of possibility.
    I believe one doesn't necessarily have to believe when doing.

    Sometimes it helps. Sometimes not.
    That's based on my own empirical experience.
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    May 2 2013: without researching whether he actually said that: bonkers. you can not change possibility with mindset. something is either possible or not. you will find out that it is not possible to run through the concrete wall as soon as you hit it. then you learn to value disbelief.
  • May 2 2013: We cannot consider the not or no without considering the object we are negating. This is basic NLP. We cannot say we do not believe in Pink Elephants without thinking of a Pink Elephant. A wise man wrote and regretted.
    I have never seen a purple cow
    and I don't expect to see one.
    But this much I will allow.
    I would rather see than be one.
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    May 2 2013: That's a loaded question; believe in what?

    If one does not believe in their own potential, then they won't pursue it to its end result, so belief in something is required to bring anything into possibility.

    You say that Einstein believed in God. That is true, however, his concept of God was in a whole different dimension than what the church teaches, and he made that clear as well. He saw creation similar to Carl Sagan, who was considered an atheist according to the church's teaching on God as an anthropomorphic being. Yet his book "Contact" and the movie that follows reveals an intensive look at the value of personal experience.

    I was a believer. My scientific background led me to become an agnostic. Spiritual experience caused me to question my unbelief. My concept of God had to go through a metamorphosis that was in harmony with science before I could acknowledge the word as having any truth to it. Today, my notions of God are foreign to the fundamentalists.

    Beliefs have to lead to deeper truth if they are to be of any real value. If one's beliefs in God are based on false notions, then despite your belief, your belief is based on a lie. The scripture warns against the power of deception. To believe a lie is to ignore the warning. It isn't enough that one believes in God. Many people do terrible things in the name of God because their notions of God are not true. So to believe without question, you may be consorting with the devil unawares regardless of the magnitude of your faith. People respond to what they believe regardless of whether it is true or not. So it is of utmost importance that we beg the question, what is true about what we believe. Blind faith is potentially a dangerous kind of faith. The witch hunts are a prime example of just how dangerous it can be.
  • May 2 2013: this can be put both ways though? do you believe that heaven is just a made up thing to make all of us sleep well at night? and that we should live our lives to the fullest instead of wasting it upon religion. do you believe that we are just a bunch of stupid philosophical apes? i believe in god but don't believe in organized religions because they are liars and manipulators. you disbelieve in atheism but isn't that just as equal as disbelieving in set religion? especially when atheist have the facts and logic when believers only have the rantings of insane peasants from thousands of years ago?