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by Og3
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Discussion forum
Topic: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...
Replies: 43
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Re: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...

What makes you think that life has a purpose? I gave this question short shrift in my haste to answer the scientific aspects, above, so let's address it now: C. S. Lewis posed the question, "How would a fish know that he is wet?" Or to bring the analogy back into perspective: Why do we know that li...
by Og3
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:08 pm
Forum: Discussion forum
Topic: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...
Replies: 43
Views: 192

Re: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...

I think that part of the problem here is that we use the word "Science" ambiguously. We rightly mean the narrow sense: Forming and testing hypotheses to discover new facts. But we also use it to mean the facts that we have discovered, and we expand it to mean the theories that we infer from those f...
by Og3
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Discussion forum
Topic: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...
Replies: 43
Views: 192

Re: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...

* Two notes: 1) the nuclear process required is likely to emit radiation deadly to nearby humans. It is recommended that you separate your deuterium and your tritium remotely, and then access the star remotely, using adequate protection against radiation. 2) As a curious side note, there is a decay ...
by Og3
Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:42 pm
Forum: Discussion forum
Topic: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...
Replies: 43
Views: 192

Re: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...

Argh. Yes. Look at the scientific method. Step 1: Define the question: Does God exist? Step 2: Gather information. Step 3: Form a hypothesis: God exists. Step 4: Test the hypothesis... And how are you going to do that, exactly? Step 5: Draw a reasonable inference, based on the results of the test, ...
by Og3
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:50 pm
Forum: Discussion forum
Topic: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...
Replies: 43
Views: 192

Re: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...

I think that part of the problem here is that we use the word "Science" ambiguously. We rightly mean the narrow sense: Forming and testing hypotheses to discover new facts. But we also use it to mean the facts that we have discovered, and we expand it to mean the theories that we infer from those fa...
by Og3
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Discussion forum
Topic: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...
Replies: 43
Views: 192

Re: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...

Argh. Yes. Look at the scientific method. Step 1: Define the question: Does God exist? Step 2: Gather information. Step 3: Form a hypothesis: God exists. Step 4: Test the hypothesis... And how are you going to do that, exactly? Step 5: Draw a reasonable inference, based on the results of the test, a...
by Og3
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Discussion forum
Topic: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...
Replies: 43
Views: 192

Re: Be ready always to give ... a reason of the hope that is in you...

More to the point: Does SEG have anything material to say about my reasoning, rather than dismissing it with a wave of his hand. For example, did I misread Tolstoy? Did he make a counter-argument in some later work, such as The Forged Coupon? Am I correctly understanding and reporting the synopsis o...
by Og3
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:23 am
Forum: Discussion forum
Topic: Observations and notes regarding On the Historicity of Jesus, by Richard Carrier
Replies: 3
Views: 19

Re: Observations and notes regarding On the Historicity of Jesus, by Richard Carrier

One should also point out here that regardless the result, the conclusion will be moot. Since Carrier has assumed the gospels to be false as a given, then if there was or was not a historical Jesus becomes pointless to pursue. One might as well write a book on whether Captain Cook sometimes wrote hi...
by Og3
Fri Apr 19, 2019 6:08 am
Forum: Discussion forum
Topic: Observations and notes regarding On the Historicity of Jesus, by Richard Carrier
Replies: 3
Views: 19

Digression on Bayesian Probability

The typical example of a Bayesian problem is the so-called Monty Hall problem. Suppose that you were given a choice of three doors. Behind one is a new car; behind the others is a goat. You select door 1. Monty Hall opens door 2 and shows you a goat. He offers you a chance to change doors. Do you re...
by Og3
Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Discussion forum
Topic: Observations and notes regarding On the Historicity of Jesus, by Richard Carrier
Replies: 3
Views: 19

Observations and notes regarding On the Historicity of Jesus, by Richard Carrier

I am opening a topic for my analysis of the book On the Historicity of Jesus, by Richard Carrier. SEG asked that I read and report on this book, and in exchange, volunteered to read one of my choosing. You should expect a similar thread soon by SEG regarding C. S. Lewis' _Mere Christianity_. Some no...