evidence

The
past only
survives via
evidence. Why?
It no longer
exists,
and

Is it
that the
future exists
only as a theory?

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god’s promises

Many preachers say every thought and action of every human is being recorded and will be displayed at the final judgment. Yet how could this happen?

I was told god is all powerful and all knowing. Now, there’s an easy answer. To go along with it, all we have to do is believe in a type of magic that’s real…which is a job for faith.

Faith is firmly believing certain events happened in the past and certain promises will become real as events and take place sometime and in an actual place in the future. And if an all-powerful and all-knowing being actually exists, we should be able to safely believe and trust in what it promises.

Is it that god’s existence has to be believed in, which requires faith. And when a person believes in a god but the god’s promises are delivered by humans, are the odds extremely high we are believing in one of the thousands of gods and religions created by humans?

Where did the all of the gods we hear and read about come from?

All of the gods can’t be telling the truth because almost all of us are claiming ours is the only true God (only the real god is worthy of the capital G) and having faith in its message and promises is the only way into its favor. 

How do we know which humans are telling the right story? Is it that claims and faith are not proofs or evidence? Can believing sincerely create something physical out of nothing? No, but it can create attitude which can create!

Is knowing you can’t be sure of god’s existence or nonexistence comforting? Do we need a real mystery?

It is that the existence of real magic is just wishful thinking and so is a very very long shot. Literally pie in the sky. If we are naturally gullible and brought up and taught by gullible folks, what can we expect? Wars and rumors of wars?

Science brought us out from under the autocratic rule of religion, and science has sincerely listened to and explored the so-called proofs for the existence of a god, all of which have come up short for a lack of evidence, yet science is still open to the possibility; otherwise science wouldn’t be science any longer.

Science states the odds are very very small for the existence of such a magical being as a God. In other words, the actual existence of a judgmental and all-powerful god is not something we should be betting on, but it can be fun and/or terrifying if we go along with all the rules of the fantom god we choose to follow.

evolution

Is change relaxed? Do evolutionary things just happen and the changes which occur have no purpose? Some changes are good for survival and other changes are bad for survival, and there are some changes making no difference in survival. So there’s no trying in evolution except for the desire of individual creatures. So the mechanism seems to be natural and neutral.

And many of the creatures receiving random changes which aid survival will survive to pass on their changed DNA, and so their progeny continue on, and some of the creatures, after eons of time, come to wonder how did we come about and why? The how has been solved.

Charles Darwin’s evolution started the revolution and his followers have perfected his conclusions over the years using discovery after discovery to prove and improve  Darwin’s ideas. Ideas beyond doubt to open minds.

And could the best answer to the why question be random DNA mistakes or changes just keep on happening without a purpose while creating millions of species along the way? Could How? and Why? be the same thing?

Evolution is an explanation for change without purpose and a term for the body of scientific proof of what has happened to life on earth during the past three and a half billion years. 

How can we explain what has happened to life here on earth?

Change is bound to happen in a universe like ours when there’s plenty of time and lots of opportunity. There’s evidence which supports the current explanation of evolution which cannot be explained away. Evolution happens is a fact but it’s so slow it’s hard to see.

These days, the DNA record is the clearest evidence for evolution, and when this evidence is laid out clearly as in Richard Dawkins’ book River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life, one may swoon over over the beauty of the purposelessness of change. Also Dawkins’ book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution is a tour de force where he takes the DNA evidence and lights the path back to the earliest bacteria.

Do we think about what might be going on in the sweet spots of the billions of suns like ours, just in our own galaxy?

If you like the above question, here’s an interesting site:

http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.html

truthiness

“truthiness” is a word coined by Stephen Colbert that is used to describe the feeling that something is true because it feels right or proper or true, but the message remains an opinion not supported by evidence or careful reasoning, so it may or may not be true.

Why draw conclusions without research? Because it’s the path of least resistance – the easiest way? Should everyone be a scientist to some extent?

And what have scientists found out about truthiness?

In an article by Travis Riddle in “Scientific American” magazine, he tells us what makes something come across like truth and what can help make something seem more truthful.

Scientists have found that an appropriate image next to a statement and the existence of related information near a statement both enhance a person’s feeling of that statement being true without additional proof or testimony.

Does this mean that we are being influenced without being aware of it and tell us that our thoughts and actions can be manipulated easily without revealing an obvious attempt to do so?

Having suspected it and now that there’s reason to think it’s true, should I pay more attention or just go with the flow?

Is a claim just a claim? Even one that’s almost common sense or where you become aware of good feeling coming  from your gut after viewing an appropriate image or related information close by?

The article by Travis Riddle in “Scientific American” magazine ends this way:

“There are many instances in which trusting the truth which comes from your gut could mean that you’re subscribing to something less than the truth. In other words: if it feels good, question it.”

faith

Do religions, with their special teachings and miracles to believe in, build up a heavy mental load for their converts to carry?

Is this where faith comes to the rescue? When it comes to complete trust, is faith a nice comfortable bed for unprovable beliefs?

Is having religious faith like already having the thing we’re hoping for and evidence of something which is probably in an imaginary reality? (my paraphrase)