"The claim of the existence immortal souls is an extraordinary claim and as Bertrand Russel said extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence in their favor before they could be accepted as having validity. There is as much evidence of…"
""There are a large number of people in the world who believe in some form of persistence of the individual soul after life ends."
...and there are large numbers of people that believe in virgin births, a 6000 year old Earth, humans…"
"Not only are there real physicists that see a multiverse as possible but some are among the most preeminent of our time. Suskind is a huge name as is Guth. Witten is by far the world's leading string theorist, today's Einstein.
"LOL Any view that there is a soul (in the religious spooky sense) leads to logical contradictions; but that one is funny.
I like to ask these things to believers that question my atheism. A favourite is"
"If God is all knowing, past,…"
"At this time the big bang is a very viable model, and by far the most accepted.
That is not to say that there are no alternatives. Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok proposed a theory where an oscillating field replaces dark energy and inflation. The…"
"It is interesting that so many of the counter big bang arguments (fallacies) come from creationists. Even Fred Hoyle who did great work on stellar nucleosynthesis and promoted the steady state theory was a “creationist”.
The so called…"
""My last statement may have been irrefutably obvious, but even atheists can embue it with more than is there - giving it power they should attribute to those who believe it is the word of god."
Yes, it is just a book! A jumble of ancient…"
"Re: Hannes Alfven who was quoted early in this discussion:
Alfven was an outstanding plasma physicist.
His cosmological model was not so outstanding. It relied on giant astrophysical explosions resulting from a hypothetical mixing of cosmic matter…"
"I have over the years read all the Einstein quotations. He meets my personal definition of atheist.
"I have repeatedly said that in my opinion the idea of a personal God is a childlike one.”
I get the sense from the whole body of quotes…"
"If any followers of this thread are interested in a good book that examines the history of the development of QM and the thoughts of the originators I'd heartily recommended:
The Age of Entanglement: When Quantum Physics Was Reborn by Louisa…"
"Quantum mechanics try to avoid this problem by saying that causality applies in some parts of the world, but not everywhere. Like at “the very deepest level”.
So where do they perform their experiments? In the causal part or the…"
Hi and a friendly welcome to Robert Fleming from Ontario.
We are pleased to meet you here among the sensible, rational people of this world.
This is the great Nexus meeting place with its thousands of bright people like you who recognise religion for the superstition and brainwashing fraud that it is---
and that gods exist only as fictions inside people's heads.
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