31 March 2012

Some questions are just irrelevant

I watched most of the debate in my previous post, and there was a common theme hammered home by the theistic side – that there are certain questions science cannot answer. These are questions like...
  • Where did the universe come from?
  • What happens to us when we die?
  • What is the meaning of our existence?
etc. etc.

I'm a little disappointed that Carroll and Shermer didn't hammer back on this one, because this is like shooting fish in a barrel.

All of those questions are based upon certain assumptions, like:
  • The universe had to have come from something else
  • Something happens to us when we die
  • There is a meaning to our existence
The problem, which is so obvious it shouldn't even need mentioning, is that these are baseless assumptions. Asking any theist to explain why they make such assumptions is a sure-fire way to watch an entertaining show of rationalizing wishful thinking. 

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