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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!

"Trust". You may trust the reliability of of your surgeon based on pretty good stats. You may also trust that the sun will rise tomorrow, based on 100% success rate in the past.

Trust is to evidence as faith is to storytelling.

Wed, 25 Apr 2012 05:35:38 UTC | #937131