inafoxhole (inafoxhole) wrote,

50 reasons (NOT) to believe in god

#13 How could the complexity of human life possibly evolve on its own accord out of mindless cells?

Once again, an interesting question (it actually has to do a lot with complexity... someday maybe you should look up neural nets), but that's beside the point. A question is not a proof. We have a pretty good idea how this works, but even if we had no idea at all, that is not proof that there is a god. Asking a question that can't be answered is just a question.

Again, "proof" does not equal "question" and vice versa. Here is a nice listing of the definitions of the word proof. (Recall that this list was offered as "50 simple proofs" of the existence of god).

1. The evidence or argument that compels the mind to accept an assertion as true.

I don't find a question to be terribly compelling at all. The solution to a question is best solved by careful investigation, as is done in science. Making up an answer, "god" to solve problem without effort is not only uninformative, and unconvincing, but it's no kind of answer at all.

2. a. The validation of a proposition by application of specified rules, as of induction or deduction, to assumptions, axioms, and sequentially derived conclusions. b. A statement or argument used in such a validation.

Well, nothing I've seen so far is even remotely close to 2a.

3. a. Convincing or persuasive demonstration: was asked for proof of his identity; an employment history that was proof of her dependability. b. The state of being convinced or persuaded by consideration of evidence.

We haven't really be offered any evidence yet, have we?

4. Determination of the quality of something by testing; trial: put one's beliefs to the proof.

And I don't get the idea that our dear theist has ever put their beliefs to a real test.

(I'm pretty sure we aren't talking about the other proofs... 50 proof is pretty watered down alcohol, but usually more fun than this list, yes? :))

Sadly, we still have 37 to go and I have little confidence that they will get any better.
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