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Comment #431368 by Bonzai

What would be the point for scientists to belabour the point by investigating claims that are outlandishly false?


Indeed.

That is strictly speaking an investigation of religion or religious behaviour, not the claims of God. :)


This is something I have been thinking about a lot recently.

Imagine a time in the future when we can model and truly understand brains. It may take decades, or it may take centuries. But I have no doubt it will happen.

This will mean we can actually investigate claims of God because we will be able to understand precisely why people make those claims.

What will be particularly damaging for theism is when we can say precisely in materialistic terms what the basis of religious experiences is, and can show that it has no supernatural basis at all.

If you take the view that our minds are the result of our brains, then any statement about anything at all can be subject to scientific inquiry, as that statement is made "by a brain".

Thu, 12 Nov 2009 15:31:00 UTC | #413039