Started by randomvim, September 11, 2016, 03:14:56 AM
Quote from: Cavebear on March 15, 2018, 01:56:29 AMWasting a Sunday (or any other day) is never good. But do you have any other reasons for considering yourself an atheist?
Quote from: Alexmahone on March 15, 2018, 08:14:51 PMI guess there are two major reasons:First, I don't believe the mythological accounts of any religion. I spent my childhood in India where I was exposed to a lot of Hinduism, like the fascinating tales of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. But if your story has talking animals, demons with ten heads and people who can fly without the aid of modern technology, that's a sign that it may not be historically accurate.Second, I don't believe prayer has any benefits apart from the placebo effect. And the placebo effect works only if you believe someone is listening to your prayers, and I don't think there is good reason now to believe so. Moreover, the presence of so much evil and suffering in the world rules out the presence of an omnipotent and benevolent being.That said, I am open to the possibility that after we die, we may be reborn, perhaps in an other universe, but I'm sure there can be no evidence for this.
Quote from: Unbeliever on March 16, 2018, 01:53:50 PMEinstein also believed time to be an illusion.
Quote from: Unbeliever on March 16, 2018, 01:53:50 PMEinstein also believed time to be an illusion. I wonder if he was Hindu? But the only God he believed in was that of Spinoza.
Quote from: SGOS on March 16, 2018, 03:49:23 PMSo he said, and I can certainly see from the point of relativity that time could be an illusion, and even from my personal experience, in that before I was born and under periods of anesthesia, time didn't exist, so it may only be an illusion of the living, but time seems to continue without the living. As Einstein points out, the illusion of time is a very convincing illusion. It doesn't exist just for schizophrenics. Theoretical physics is helpful. It explains a lot, but some things often remain unaccounted for in theory. If time is just an illusion, it seems like a dicey thing to include in the most important theory Einstein came up with. Well maybe time itself is not part of the theory, but speed certainly is, and speed seems to be rather dependent on time, and aspects of time are rendered in some of Einstein's own explanations of relativity. "Tme as an illusion," is fun to play with in intellectual and spiritual exercises. But the jury may not be in yet.
Quote from: Sal1981 on March 16, 2018, 08:49:08 PMA good indication that time is an illusion like this, is non-locality of time, there's no universal time reference, but only point references.
Quote from: Sal1981 on March 16, 2018, 08:49:08 PMI think time exists as a sort of "fabric" of space, i.e. change and processes, and that only time is measurable through the "arrow of time", which is rate of change thanks to entropy. I don't think time exists ontologically. I gets kinda funky with relativity too.A good indication that time is an illusion like this, is non-locality of time, there's no universal time reference, but only point references.
QuoteThe causal sets program is an approach to quantum gravity. Its founding principles are that spacetime is fundamentally discrete (a collection of discrete spacetime points, called the elements of the causal set) and that spacetime events are related by a partial order. This partial order has the physical meaning of the causality relations between spacetime events.
Quote from: SoldierofFortune on April 10, 2018, 08:24:42 AMNowadays i have been researching on the simulation argument which is kind of a theistic idea...I have decided that it is worth thinking on it.
Quote from: Unbeliever on April 10, 2018, 01:40:59 PMAre you referring to the idea that we might be living in a simulation? Even if we are then whomever is running the simulation may themselves be living in a simulation, and so on ad infinitum. Or somewhere there may be a rock bottom reality that is not being simulated, and is the base reality from which all other simulations are generated.