Discuss philosophical questions regarding theism (and atheism), and discuss religion as it relates to philosophy. This includes any philosophical discussions that happen to be about god, gods, or a 'higher power' or the belief of them. This also generally includes philosophical topics about organized or ritualistic mysticism or about organized, common or ritualistic beliefs in the existence of supernatural phenomenon.
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May 1st, 2018, 2:17 am
As a scientist, I am wondering what such a proof would consist of.
In science a theory is accepted until proven wrong. No theory can be ultimately proven since there will always be time to prove it wrong. So, science`works by trying to disprove theories. That is the scientific method. A hypothesis (or theory) followed by an experiment, followed by data interpretation to see if the hypothesis needs to be modified or even discarded.
And a theory which is not falsifiable is called pseudoscience, this being the domain of any science which makes claims for the existence of gods.
So,can god prove himself mathematically? Many modern scientists claim that God must be a mathematician. Just take a look at supersymmetry and one sees the beautiful hand of God. At least so I am told by fellow scientists. God is also a magician. Just take a look at quantum entanglement. God is a creator if one believes in the Big Bang or evolution.
Magic? Magic is the illusion created from lack of knowledge or understanding when observing an event, so if this refers to the origin of life and the Universe, yeah sure why not. However if by magic you are referring to acts in the realm of miracles in which the laws of physics are momentarily suspended, then this would be a philosophy if ignorance. Intellectual honesty would lead us to say "we just don't know".
Now, I know what you are thinking. That’s not God! It is... It is... It is just the way thing are! Or, it is a mechanical nature. Really, mechanical? Well, that would make us divine by having escaped the mechanical. How did we do that exactly? Is there some kind of transition process that we bought somewhere?
Now you are simply critiquing your own strawman, how is it exactly that you believe we think the Universe and life came into existence?
This cocky little cognitive contortionist will straighten you right out
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As an atheist, the obvious answer is because he doesn't exist. That is neither funny nor original so I will try to provide a rational answer.
It seems odd to ask this question of a supreme being who we wouldn't know the nature of. They could just not find revealing themselves to be fun. They could be a voyeur and enjoy watching. The universe could, as many theorise, filled with many intelligent beings. Maybe God would rather reveal him/herself to some other 'higher' or maybe 'lower' intelligent civilisation of a different planet.