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Is There ANY Knowledge Obtained From Religion?

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Posted by Alexander on August 21, 2001 22:04:15 UTC

All we know comes from observation of physical facts and from mathematical analysis of those facts. Do we have ANY information about world around us, which came from religion (i.e., from gods, prophets, shamans, etc)? It seems that we do not. Correct me if I am incorrect, but EVERYTHING and ANYTHING we know (and thus use to make our life better) comes from science, and nothing from imaginary god(s).

Of course, it is understandable: god(s), Santa(s), etc. exist only in our imagination (and we even created them by our look and appearance). Interesting that back in the past when humans knew almost nothing about universe, they put god-driver behind almost any physical phenomena, Maya had about 70 day-light gods and about 200 night-time ones to explain what they see around. Now science evicted those gods from behind most of phenomena, and currently god(s) are not even allowed to participate in ANY phenomena in visible universe - all observable phenomena simply mathematically follow from (also mathematical) fudamental rules (symmetries,identity of elementary objects, binarity (mutual exclusiveness) of existence-nonexistence states, etc).

So, god(s) became unobservable, unexisting and uninfluencing in any way our universe. The only job for vanishing god(s) (and this job is vanishing with the progress of TOE too) is to turn big red switch on big white wall outside universe with the label "Big Bang On" right under the switch. And scientists are now gathering around that switch and discussing that actually god(s) have to only push smaller button "Inflation", then the big red switch is not needed. Yet a few even propose to remove small button as well, and replace it with big flashing banner "False vacuum" (with smaller print under it: "Cauton: keep out, current state is unstable and due to quantum fluctuations may result in creating universe(s) with unknown/unset properties at any given time, and without any warning").

So, basicly, we have sharply growing unemployment in Panteon (among gods)in last few millenia, and it seems to be irreversible phenomenon (less and less god(s) were needed because of progress of knowledge) and now the unemployement had reached almost 100% mark, because we learned that the world around us goes by itself according to rules of math and without need of any divine driver or pusher or even "switch operator".

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