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chawinwords's Avatar Jump to comment 19 by chawinwords

Quine said: "I would recommend to Peter Boghossian the simple answer I give the religious when they accuse me of having "faith" in science or other areas: "'I have reasonable expectations based on prior evidence."'

I have always used in argument with the addicted to religion: I have a rational expectations based upon my research and the reality record. For instance, when I had cataract surgery, it was argued that you must have faith in the doctor and the hospital.

To which I answered, are you nuts? I did my research; the doctor is 53 years old and has over a 98 percent success rate on over 10,000 cataract surgeries, along with the hospital and surgery staff assisting. Then, I say, I would need faith, however, to let you do the operation, being a fundamentalist minister and all.

Perhaps there is a better phrase than "rational expectation" based upon sanity, but I haven't found it yet!

Sat, 21 Apr 2012 21:58:45 UTC | #936362