I wanted to put this question out there to see how strongly everyone feels on this subject. Being that most of us trust in scientific fact and reasoning, I was wondering if everyone is absolutely, undeniably, 100% sure that a god doesn't exist.  I personally take into account that there is no proof of any cosmic creator so therefore I am about 99.9999% sure that there is no god. However we all agree that science is an ever evolving field and I don't think that there will ever be any proof to support the existence of a supreme being, but I can't be 100% sure until there is concrete proof against one. I would like to know what all of your thoughts on this.  

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That maybe fine for you and I but everyone's brain works differently and it is difficult to understand how some people think the way they do.

I keep reflecting back to the Hitchens / Sharpton debate and it seemed very telling. Sharpton just didn't seem to understand that without god or some authoritarian figure to tell him what to do, then why should he not just rape, pillage and murder. Somehow, the idea of an innate moral compass just didn't occur to him.

And what about a mentally handicapped individual or someone teetering on the edge of suicide? Would that not give you pause or is brutal honesty going to be the best solution?

I would be very hesitant about even bringing up such a topic depending on the circumstances, let alone wiping the idea off the face of the planet in one fell swoop.
I don't think brains vary that much from person to person. Sure the details are different, but a brain is a brain. People like Sharpton get hung up because they've been raised with certain notions and primarily move in circles that continually reinforce those notions. It's hard for people to change their minds about something, but not impossible. In any case, the real answer to Sharpton's silly claim that he couldn't be good without a god keeping him in line has nothing to do with an innate moral compass. His fellow citizens would damn well keep him in line. As, in fact, we already do with people who get out of line for whatever reason. We don't depend on religion to protect us or to punish transgressors. We set up police forces and courts to deal with that, because despite all the god-talk, humans recognize that we have to manage these things ourselves. Anybody that says they'd start murdering and raping without God is just not thinking it thru at all; that kind of statement is sheer bombast.

And mental and emotional illness seem completely orthogonal to religion. Less intelligent or less happy people come in all flavors, including deeply religious. Plenty of well-adjusted people are atheists. I'd think moreso than religious people, on average, but that's just a guess.

In any case, I don't see how a more accurate view of the universe is more brutal than a delusional view. I find it quite liberating and fulfilling. My religious upbringing was stultifying, frightening, and dreary. I think that's true for most religionists. What could be more frightening than hell or the idea that the guy who might send you there is watching your every move? Theism is a nightmare, not a security blanket. One of the reasons that people like Sharpton can't let go of it is because they are terrified of the consequences. Those consequences are just as nonexistent as the god that threatens them.
You understate the difference between brains based on how they have developed; the brain is far more diverse than you give it credit.

This diversity allows you to ignore positives and focus on negatives while it allows others to focus on positives and ignore negatives.

If your brain was wired differently then authoritarianism could be a safety blanket or you might overlook some of the negative aspects of religion as antiquated or allegorical. We are all shaped by our history, based on your comments of your own background I am not surprised at your hard line responses and based on my own history my moderate position is equally predictable.

But not everything is so logical, a surprising case study for me is the homosexual community. They should have innate knowledge that is contrary to nearly every religion plus the outright hostility towards them from these organizations and I would expect a nearly universal rejection of religion. But they don't...

So it just doesn't appear that everyone reacts in such a uniform logical way.
I've never actually seen Tron, but I do intend on watching it.
Yeah, Tron is really kind of not good. Not sure why they're bothering with a sequel. But then, the Matrix movies sucked, too. The first one had style and eye candy, but the story was silly and the second two just hurt.
Just to give you context and the aha moment you've been looking for: I'm in the middle of reading Ray Kurzweil =)
It depends on what you mean by "God." I am 99% sure that there is no vague higher power. I am 99.9999% sure that the God of the Bible does not exist (I only allow the .000001% in case there is an Imagination Land like the one in South Park).
Anythings possible that stays within the laws of phyiscs I would guess. If it's possible for a being to create a universe then "dwell" in it then you can't be %100 for sure some being didn't do that to ours. That said, everything we've learned about our reality so far has been self sustaining. There has never been a need for god in anything we've discovered. God used to live right above the clouds. Now it's been pushed to the creation of the universe just to give purpose to people who need one.
And then there's the useless, endless, spiralling question of who created the god that created the god that created the god . . . ad infinitum.
Ad nauseum!
Yes science is an ever evolving process. But we've had several centuries of it (in the modern sense) now and if there were anything spooky out there I think we'd have found a hint of it by now. I'm 99.9 to the the nth degree % certain there is/are no god(s). However, unlike most religious loonies I know what it would take to change my mind. A little thing called evidence, of which I have not seen the slightest trace despite my searching, whereas evidence in favour of their not being anything supernatural in the universe exists in abundance all about us. It's a no brainer really. You would have to really want to fool yourself to take the opposite view.
There are times I just have to marvel at the human mind. Here in this one discussion, there are all kinds of minds answering the same question for themselves. Some of them have been precisely polished, and some are still quite rough around the edges.

While I would have thought that education level would provide a clear delineation, it seems that whether or not one is willing to grant 100% belief in the non-existence of deities outside the heads of those imagining them has more to do with a personality type than an educational level.

It does still tend to follow that smarter people are atheists. The only thing left at the end is the degree of their atheism.

Having spent a life wishing/praying/meditating/wailing/gnashing teeth/hoping that at some point, I'd see a ghost or a spirit, hear a voice from the unknown, "know" god, or what have you, I can say there are no such things. Of this I am 100 percent sure.

I could do a lot of mental gymnastics like I see some others performing, and mentally masturbate myself into thinking that there are no absolutes. I really don't see the point.

Life is a ball of obfuscation as it is. To add to this spherical confusion by throwing in uncertainty where none exists seems an academically weak exercise.

There is no evidence for the existence of any deity. None whatsoever. From the time of the first Neanderthals, to the Ancient Egyptians, to the Greeks and Romans, to the pagans, to the heathens to the christ-inanes, to now, no one has shown one shred of evidence that didn't wind up being a hoax. No one! That's a lot of years! That's a lot of hoaxes.

That's not a lot of evidence.

So why play the 99.999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999% game? Just to leave yourself an out so you can pray yourself to heaven from your deathbed?

Oh please! How lame!!!

And how lacking in conviction. At least the Religious Reich has conviction. Perhaps we should make use of our convictions before we all become convicts due to the actions of the Religious Reich.

Or, we could hang on to that last bit of Faerie Tale thinking until it rots our minds, destroys society, and ultimately, the Earth.

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