• God's Hand Was Forced
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[media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPICs6YbFtA[/media]
Holy shit! I've never heard THAT argument. That's fucking brilliant, completely bulletproof.
Sounds like he has marbles in his mouth which makes this annoying to listen to.
My head hurts now.
sounds like RJWeapon [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOL6zzHo7qY[/media] who unfortunately had their account banned from youtube.
Wouldn't it just be easier to think that if the constants and coincidences that let our universe, our planet and ourselves exist hadn't verified, we ourselves would not be there to acknowledge and testify to it? One way to see it could be that we just live in one of the infinite potential parallel instances of this universe and coincidentally in the one that let us come to life; just because we could not have possibly come to life in any other instance (or most of them), it doesn't mean that someone or something (or the universe itself) fine-tuned our environment to make it possible for us to live. That's a very naive and blind-sighted argument in my opinion.
what if god made the world like this on purpose? This video only shows that god didn't make the universe perfect. Who says he wanted to in the first place?
[QUOTE=KlaseR;35849994]what if god made the world like this on purpose? This video only shows that god didn't make the universe perfect. Who says he wanted to in the first place?[/QUOTE] I do not personally believe in any God or omnipotent entity or any theory of intelligent design that comes from such belief, but to try to give a response to your argument: wouldn't creating a flawed universe (as opposed to the meaning of "perfect" in this case, because we surely cannot define what perfection would be in these terms) be a demonstration of God's lack of power? Or, what would be the reason behind it, if there were one at all?
[QUOTE=TerabyteS_;35850045]I do not personally believe in any God or omnipotent entity or any theory of intelligent design that comes from such belief, but to try to give a response to your argument: wouldn't creating a flawed universe (as opposed to the meaning of "perfect" in this case, because we surely cannot define what perfection would be in these terms) be a demonstration of God's lack of power? Or, what would be the reason behind it, if there were one at all?[/QUOTE] If god could do what he wanted, I presume he would also be able to create something with intentional flaws. For whatever reason.
[QUOTE=KlaseR;35849994]what if god made the world like this on purpose? This video only shows that god didn't make the universe perfect. Who says he wanted to in the first place?[/QUOTE] Then he is not all caring. If he truly cared for us he would have made the universe perfect from the start, not "fine-tune" it.
If God is restricted by his own creation then he isn't divine as said, humans are close to unraveling the secrets of the universe and to even create our own - are we too Gods? The theory of God started when people did not even grasp science but rather words and mistrust, and as science has debunked more and more from religion they have merely found new ways to try and explain their God theory through using the very tools that are showing their beliefs as void. So naturally I always distrust God theories as they started with illiterate people.
[QUOTE=DesumThePanda;35850121]Then he is not all caring. If he truly cared for us he would have made the universe perfect from the start, not "fine-tune" it.[/QUOTE] I agree, but what if he wasn't all caring? :v:
[QUOTE=KlaseR;35849994]what if god made the world like this on purpose? This video only shows that god didn't make the universe perfect. Who says he wanted to in the first place?[/QUOTE] This video is a response to people who believe in the finely tuned argument in which God finely tuned the Universe, Earth, and even the human species. The whole point of the OPs video is to basically ask this question, "If God is God then why did he have to finely tune things? Why not just make everything the way he intended whilst cutting out the tuning step?"
No shit.
[QUOTE=TerabyteS_;35849969]Wouldn't it just be easier to think that if the constants and coincidences that let our universe, our planet and ourselves exist hadn't verified, we ourselves would not be there to acknowledge and testify to it? One way to see it could be that we just live in one of the infinite potential parallel instances of this universe and coincidentally in the one that let us come to life; just because we could not have possibly come to life in any other instance (or most of them), it doesn't mean that someone or something (or the universe itself) fine-tuned our environment to make it possible for us to live. That's a very naive and blind-sighted argument in my opinion.[/QUOTE] This is what I have used in the past as well. Point is, the Universe isn't "finely tuned" for life, because it's HOSTILE to life on almost every point of it. The basis of the fine-tuning argument is that it's too convenient to be a coincidence, and if a Multiverse (likely) exists, then it's downright inevitable that Universes with the "settings" to harbor the possibility of life are going to exist. And that makes the need for a god downright laughable. This video is going a step further into the SOUL of the fine-tuning argument, and saying, if god is all-powerful, why does he NEED to "fine-tune" the Universe? Can't it just work because he SAYS it works? If the only way any of it works is because god HAD to make it a certain way, then obviously god has no control over the conditions in which life works, and is working WITH pre-existing conditions, like [I]we [/I]do, and not MAKING the rules himself, as the notion of him creating EVERYTHING ultimately demands.
Growing up I had a few sunday school lessons about how God was in a sense "bound" by laws of justice and mercy, in that he had to satisfy both of them. It wasn't so much that there was some higher power than him, just that that was what made him God, like part of being all-powerful and shit was that it was in his nature to satisfy these two laws. It's an argument made by some philosophers as well, I think Leibniz brought it up saying that god is good because he is good, rather than being good because he can decide what good is, because if it was the latter, then we would praise him just as much for doing something as for doing something else, like he could just do absolutely anything and it would always be a great thing just because it was him doing it. It's a weird thought, because it means that there's some higher set of natural laws/absolute morals outside of our own universe inherent to whatever sort of universe god exists in, which raises the question of whether god's "universe" had a creator as well.
[QUOTE=TerabyteS_;35850045]I do not personally believe in any God or omnipotent entity or any theory of intelligent design that comes from such belief, but to try to give a response to your argument: wouldn't creating a flawed universe (as opposed to the meaning of "perfect" in this case, because we surely cannot define what perfection would be in these terms) be a demonstration of God's lack of power? Or, what would be the reason behind it, if there were one at all?[/QUOTE] True power is the ability to refrain from using it. Creating a flawed universe is a demonstration of just that. Because say you had the power to sling buses into the sun, doesn't mean you're going to do it "just because" now does it? I'm not being defensive, just trying to make a point. Perfection, a word created to describe that which is without flaws, something that has never been found and to some goes hand in hand with God. Perfection and God, words like any other created to describe, identify or express. Sometimes for things out of our reach and to truly define God or perfection would likely prove they're non existent. I can't say I do or don't believe in god, only the possibility there is an ancient being of sorts somewhere in the universe. [editline]6th May 2012[/editline] [QUOTE=Twatwaffler;35856324]Growing up I had a few sunday school lessons about how God was in a sense "bound" by laws of justice and mercy, in that he had to satisfy both of them. It wasn't so much that there was some higher power than him, just that that was what made him God, like part of being all-powerful and shit was that it was in his nature to satisfy these two laws. It's an argument made by some philosophers as well, I think Leibniz brought it up saying that god is good because he is good, rather than being good because he can decide what good is, because if it was the latter, then we would praise him just as much for doing something as for doing something else, like he could just do absolutely anything and it would always be a great thing just because it was him doing it. It's a weird thought, because it means that there's some higher set of natural laws/absolute morals outside of our own universe inherent to whatever sort of universe god exists in, which raises the question of whether god's "universe" had a creator as well.[/QUOTE] I'm not sure if you've ever seen The Dark Crystal, so I'll explain and put fourth an idea. In the beginning of the movie you soon learn of two races of creatures The UrSkeks and The Skeksis, the UrSkeks good and the Skeksis evil. Spoiler for those who haven't seen it [sp] Later you find out that the UrSkeks and the Skeksis were once the same being and earlier on you saw one of each die at the beginning and again later about halfway through the movie. [/sp] With that in mind, there is good and evil in our world or put religiously, God and Satin. The big bang (theory or not, for arguments sake, lets say it's true (no pun intended)) very well could have been the start of more then just the matter we see, but also the "sources" of good and evil. /Speculation
I agree with J-Dude. I think because of the massive scale of the universe and many parallel universes (although just theory), the probability of intelligent life evolving somewhere reaches 100%. I personally think religion is too self centred- they believe that a god created them for a reason when really it was just impossible for intelligent life to not evolve somewhere (especially as religion and intelligence are both human concepts, and without intelligent life would not exist :v:) Still doesn't explain the big bang though
[QUOTE=Scientwist;35857550]True power is the ability to refrain from using it. Creating a flawed universe is a demonstration of just that. Because say you had the power to sling buses into the sun, doesn't mean you're going to do it "just because" now does it? I'm not being defensive, just trying to make a point. Perfection, a word created to describe that which is without flaws, something that has never been found and to some goes hand in hand with God. Perfection and God, words like any other created to describe, identify or express. Sometimes for things out of our reach and to truly define God or perfection would likely prove they're non existent. I can't say I do or don't believe in god, only the possibility there is an ancient being of sorts somewhere in the universe. [editline]6th May 2012[/editline] I'm not sure if you've ever seen The Dark Crystal, so I'll explain and put fourth an idea. In the beginning of the movie you soon learn of two races of creatures The UrSkeks and The Skeksis, the UrSkeks good and the Skeksis evil. Spoiler for those who haven't seen it [sp] Later you find out that the UrSkeks and the Skeksis were once the same being and earlier on you saw one of each die at the beginning and again later about halfway through the movie. [/sp] With that in mind, there is good and evil in our world or put religiously, God and Satin. The big bang (theory or not, for arguments sake, lets say it's true (no pun intended)) very well could have been the start of more then just the matter we see, but also the "sources" of good and evil. /Speculation[/QUOTE] what the fuck do jim henson movies and satin have to do with anything
It's a good argument, I wouldn't really call it flawless though, considering the whole thing is based upon the assumption god would have the psychology and reasoning of a human.
[QUOTE=Mr. Scorpio;35857806]what the fuck do jim henson movies and satin have to do with anything[/QUOTE] God and the UrSkeks, Devil and the Skeksis, the big bang and the dark crystal. I'm trying to imply that due to the big bang that god is not himself a perfect being and that flaws are simply a part us. It is an analogy.
Can't take this seriously with the reverb he put on his voice.
I dont see how the universe is anywhere near finely tuned in the slightest (with us in mind, at that) [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4238NN8HMgQ[/media]
This video sounds all cool and stuff, but does not really explain anything. Atheists, including me, have got to learn that logical arguments do not work. It's stupid to use logic to disprove something that is based on Faith.
[QUOTE=person11;35859175]This video sounds all cool and stuff, but does not really explain anything. Atheists, including me, have got to learn that logical arguments do not work. It's stupid to use logic to disprove something that is based on Faith.[/QUOTE] Faith isn't evidence for anything, ergo ultimately any argument that is based on faith is flawed. It isn't a lack of ability to prove or disprove, it's that people refuse to change their beliefs.
Missing the point. You just said Faith is not an argument. I agree with that. But the point is that it does not matter that Faith is not evidence or that it is "flawed" when used in arguments. Arguments should not happen. Let the religious be religious, 99% of them are harmless.
I didn't say anything about that, I don't give two fucks what other people want to believe, they can waste their time if they want, I'm not going to stop them, and I'm not going to bother them about it either. If they start the argument however it's all bets off.
It's been my impression that the religious never start the argument, but that may be just the people around me. These types of videos always seem to be a huge waste of time to me (just like the entire body of media that TAA has released to the internet)
[QUOTE=person11;35859175]This video sounds all cool and stuff, but does not really explain anything. Atheists, including me, have got to learn that logical arguments do not work. It's stupid to use logic to disprove something that is based on Faith.[/QUOTE] Sam Harris says this perfectly, it's become a pointless argument now and there's no way you can change the other person's view (not that you should ever try) [I]"Water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. What if someone says, “Well, that’s not how I choose to think about water.”? All we can do is appeal to scientific values. And if he doesn’t share those values, the conversation is over. If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove they should value it? [B]If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic?[/B]"[/I]
I think the point is that humans are pretty fine-tuned in terms of productivity and agility and shit. And that's the result of evolution and patience, "God's work".
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