A friend sent me a message as follows:

"I have a question for you:
As a scientist, how is it that you are an atheist and not agnostic?"

I thought it was an interesting question. Should I, as a scientist who is intimately familiar with the limits of our current knowledge and understanding, be more open to the idea that we just don't or can't know the answer to the God Question?

This was my response:

"This may not be true for everyone, but from my perspective an agnostic believes that there's probably SOMETHING going on in terms of a God or
Spirit or Universal Energy or What-have-you, but we don't or can't know
for sure. For a while I described myself by saying 'I think I'm
agnostic.'

An atheist doesn't rule out the possibility that there is SOMETHING going on, but they haven't seen any evidence that
convinces them to believe in said SOMETHING. If I do encounter some
convincing evidence of a higher power, I'll change my mind. For now,
the available data supports the hypothesis that there is no such thing,
so that's the theory I'm working with. It feels pretty scientific to
me"

What about you?

Tags: Agnosticism, Atheism, Scientific, Thinking

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I 'know' there's know god.
Not I think. Nor maybe. Carbon, atoms, lightwaves, kinetic/mass?
Listen, agnostics fancy space aliens imho
payce!
theism - belief in a God or gods

a-theism - without a belief in a God or gods.

That is the definition I'm pushing as the most accurate description of people self-identifying as atheists.
Wow, you guys have had quite the discussion here. I appreciate both of your efforts, it's been an interesting read.
I'm in the same boat as you. I don't outright reject the possibility of a higher power, but I won't accept it until there is some evidence. The religious texts and dogma I reject outright because there is enough evidence to show that it is pretty much bogus.
Well, it depends on whether you're using the ACTUAL definition for the word agnosticism (wherein you think it's impossible to know whether or not god exists) or what people have turned the word in to (you think that there's a god but you aren't part of an organized religion). If you're using the actual definition, then they aren't exclusive terms. I'm an Agnostic Atheist. I don't think we can know whether or not god exists. If you're using the modern definition, then I don't really know.

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