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Legitimate Philosophical Warnings For Everyone Involved

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Posted by Ted Watter on July 26, 2002 21:55:07 UTC

I just want to warn everyone of two things. The first is that the centras tenents of any belief system, be it rationality, Christianity, Islam, etc. are inherently unprovable. You can't objectively prove that Jesus is the son of God, or that the universe operates under a set of specific laws that can't be broken ever and that are totally independant of any diety. Therefore, adherence to any belief requires a "leap of faith." Just a warning to those of you who are going around touting the objective infallibility of your belief system and the techniques it produces. The second is that anything produced by any field of science is far from infallible. All that your scientific evidence amounts to is high-probability induction, which anyone who has taken a stats or a philosophy class will tell you is vastly inferior to deduction. That's why you ged descrepencies in data and between techniques, like C14 and atmospheric helium.
PS - Aaron, I have arrived.

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