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Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« on: 10/02/2015 01:02:30 »
I am not a scientist or even a science major but I have an interest in Physics and I have a loose concept of everything and nothing. Where everything is everything that exists, infinity, multiverse. In other words everything and anything exists somewhere including God. Can you give me some of your thoughts on this? I'm also open to the idea that we will not be able to interpret this in this lifetime. Do you think this leaves room for things that can exist outside of the physical realm or time space somehow? I could have swore I heard a theory in Quantum Mechanics that spoke about thungs existing outside of the physically world because of a mathmatical problem? Does this sound familiar?


 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #1 on: 10/02/2015 01:19:06 »
Physics leaves room for verifiable repeatable evidence. People are free to believe in God if they choose, as I personally do, but proving his existence with verifiable repeatable evidence is not going to happen any time soon. And having any success at a science forum regarding the existence of God is also not happening any time soon as well.
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #2 on: 10/02/2015 03:39:51 »
God is the only thing I believe without understanding.

I pray daily. Only few words. Please take care the world, and my family. Thank you.

I forgot love.
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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #3 on: 10/02/2015 09:11:07 »
Since 'God' or 'Allah' or whatever name you give him (if any such entity exists) appears to be outside of the physical universe, as we know and understand it, I rather doubt that scientific study can either prove or disprove his (her/its) existence, now or at any time in the future.

We are told to have unquestioning faith in God. Those who claim to have unquestioning faith in God are actually displaying unquestioning faith in whoever told them to have unquestioning faith in God. Therefore those scientists who do believe in God are automatically barred from the blasphemy that physically searching for God would be. Those who do not believe in God are unlikely to bother trying to disprove something they do not believe exists!

Even if a non-believer scientist were to embark on a quest to disprove God, they could be biased and in the event of them claiming to have disproved God's existence, would certainly be accused of bias. I could set out in search of the Pigmy Tortoise, at just 7mm long, the smallest tortoise ever to have existed. Just because I don't find it does not necessarily mean it does not exist. It may just mean I didn't look in the right places or hard enough. By the way, before you ask, no, the Pigmy Tortoise does not exist........... Or does it???

Personally, I do not believe in God or any such entity. I do not believe in anything I cannot see with my own two eyes, hear, touch, taste or feel, unless there is overwhelming evidence from those who are of perfectly sound mind who have seen, heard, touched, tasted or felt it first hand, or whatever it is has left undisputable evidence itself.

But what the heck, if others choose to believe in God, so be it. All I would say to the believers is this: You believe in your God, allow others to believe in theirs. You chose your path to your God, allow others to choose theirs.

To those who kill in the name of God/Allah, I ask, are you not, by your own definition, committing the greatest blasphemy of them all?
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #4 on: 10/02/2015 10:43:56 »
Physics is the business of making testable and predictive hypotheses about how the world works. God is something else, apparently.
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #5 on: 10/02/2015 11:49:20 »
No
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #6 on: 10/02/2015 13:35:29 »
Physics is the business of making testable and predictive hypotheses about how the world works. God is something else, apparently.

Both are biz of making $ and fame. No?
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #7 on: 10/02/2015 13:45:59 »
Physics is the business of making testable and predictive hypotheses about how the world works. God is something else, apparently.

Both are biz of making $ and fame. No?

That is most certainly the truth in many a case.

Come and rejoice in the name of God and unburden yourself of your troubles and dollars.

Ooer, that was a bit of a give-away.
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #8 on: 10/02/2015 15:45:15 »
mriver8, here is a youtube video that you may find interesting (I know some people on this forum turn their noses up to youtube, but oh well!). I'm not saying I believe or don't believe in the contents of the video, but I think it talks, somewhat, to your question. At a minimum, it will give you another perspective.
 
Great statement Don!
But what the heck, if others choose to believe in God, so be it. All I would say to the believers is this: You believe in your God, allow others to believe in theirs. You chose your path to your God, allow others to choose theirs.

I myself, don't know if I believe or not. I believe the statements made that we will never be able to scientifically prove/disprove the existence of a God.

I've kidded with my wife and kids that Gravity is god. It's properties, reach and impact on everything that we know (and even don't know) is almost beyond believe.
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #9 on: 10/02/2015 15:48:22 »
Everything is possible. At least I think it is? Redemption is a nice word, but if you can avoid to create that need as you live, then that's better. Almost impossible to do naturally, we're all fail-able. So we need redemption, and what better way than imagining someone that can deliver it? But I don't think we're created into someone image etc.
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #10 on: 10/02/2015 20:36:33 »
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Those who do not believe in God are unlikely to bother trying to disprove something they do not believe exists!

If you really believe that, try trawling through some of the threads in "just chat".   ;D

 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #11 on: 11/02/2015 03:27:48 »
If we were all born blind, no one can see a little worm on the tree, eats leave for a living, next day turned into a butterfly dancing in the wind.

Was a man is not blind, told us his true story, we got him on the cross.


 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #12 on: 11/02/2015 09:47:22 »
Physics is the business of making testable and predictive hypotheses about how the world works. God is something else, apparently.

Both are biz of making $ and fame. No?

I've never made a lot of $ or through physics, but I've never used it as an excuse for hating or killing anyone. The sooner we get rid of superstition, the sooner the world will be fit for intelligent life.
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #13 on: 11/02/2015 09:56:36 »
Physics is the business of making testable and predictive hypotheses about how the world works. God is something else, apparently.

Both are biz of making $ and fame. No?

I've never made a lot of $ or through physics, but I've never used it as an excuse for hating or killing anyone. The sooner we get rid of superstition, the sooner the world will be fit for intelligent life.
You mean those who believe QM?
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #14 on: 11/02/2015 13:50:08 »
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Starts from tomorrow, I am going to pretend I understand QM.
Why would you lie like that?

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If people ask, I'll tell them to read some text book and learn some math first.

How do you think? Pete.
More lies since you yourself wouldn't take that advice? I keep telling you that the important thing is not to "understand" quantum mechanics but to know how to use it. I.e. all students of quantum mechanics are told to stop asking questions about what's "really" going on since we don't have the ability to find that out but to be able to make predictions and to describe what will happen in a given instance. That's why you've been told to study the subject since you haven't learned that yet. Someday you might decide to, say, read the quantum mechanics chapters in the Feynman lectures. Then all of this will become clear to you. Until then you'll keep making these silly comments.
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #15 on: 11/02/2015 15:44:23 »
 not to "understand" quantum mechanics but to know how to use it. I.e. all students of quantum mechanics are told to stop asking questions about what's "really" going on.

Superstition?

 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #16 on: 11/02/2015 15:49:53 »
not to "understand" quantum mechanics but to know how to use it. I.e. all students of quantum mechanics are told to stop asking questions about what's "really" going on.

Superstition?
Ignorant response again.
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #17 on: 11/02/2015 15:55:04 »
not to "understand" quantum mechanics but to know how to use it. I.e. all students of quantum mechanics are told to stop asking questions about what's "really" going on.

Superstition?
Ignorant response again.

Since I believe God, alan wants to get rid me asap, will you protect me?
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #18 on: 11/02/2015 17:07:17 »
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Since I believe God, alan wants to get rid me asap, will you protect me?

I think you have misjudged Alan, there.  I think he is much more likely to want to talk science, but if you want to talk about God, he would want you to stick around long enough for him to show you how wrong you are. :)
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #19 on: 11/02/2015 18:38:43 »
Physics (the study of reality) has nothing to say about the existence of God - it neither rules one in or out. If you want to explore the question of whether there's a God or not you have to use reasoning instead, and even then your system of reasoning may be fundamentally wrong. What you can do though is determine whether God can exist under a specific system of reasoning, and if he can't, then belief in God is incompatible with that system of reasoning and can be declared irrational.

Even if a non-believer scientist were to embark on a quest to disprove God, they could be biased and in the event of them claiming to have disproved God's existence, would certainly be accused of bias. I could set out in search of the Pigmy Tortoise, at just 7mm long, the smallest tortoise ever to have existed. Just because I don't find it does not necessarily mean it does not exist. It may just mean I didn't look in the right places or hard enough. By the way, before you ask, no, the Pigmy Tortoise does not exist........... Or does it???

A pygmy tortoise could easily exist, but there are much greater claims made about God which means he has to be able to jump through more difficult hoops, thereby rendering your example irrelevant. God cannot qualify as God unless he understands what he is and how he works, but if he understands all of that he loses any kind of magic that gives him a status greater than any ordinary, natural being. It is impossible for God to qualify as God within the bounds of reason. Another problem for him is the fact that he supposedly created everything and yet he acts using magic powers which he did not create.

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But what the heck, if others choose to believe in God, so be it. All I would say to the believers is this: You believe in your God, allow others to believe in theirs. You chose your path to your God, allow others to choose theirs.

Sadly it isn't that benign. People have to pick and choose which bits of their religion they believe and which they reject if they are to avoid doing a lot of bad things which their holy books tell them to do, and most of them are happy to do that (reject the bad bits), but in doing so they are propping up very dangerous ideologies, and when people of low intelligence decide they want to do their religion properly, something they see as a highly respectable thing to do, they fail to recognise the need to reject all the bad bits and believe that God actually wants them to carry out every instruction to the letter. When they do this, mass murder is the result.

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To those who kill in the name of God/Allah, I ask, are you not, by your own definition, committing the greatest blasphemy of them all?

No - they are the ones who are doing their religion properly, fully respecting the Chief of the Fairies at the top. If we're ever going to sort out the mess that religion has made in the world, we need people to make up their mind whether they're in or out of it and to stop hanging about in a half-way position where they accept parts and reject parts on the basis of their own judgements - they are giving credibility and respectability to extremely dangerous texts which command people to do harm to others who don't deserve it. Put the fairy tales in the bin where they belong.
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #20 on: 11/02/2015 20:13:59 »
not to "understand" quantum mechanics but to know how to use it. I.e. all students of quantum mechanics are told to stop asking questions about what's "really" going on.

Superstition?
Ignorant response again.

Since I believe God, alan wants to get rid me asap, will you protect me?

Pete, do you love me?
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #21 on: 11/02/2015 20:38:02 »
Since 'God' or 'Allah' or whatever name you give him (if any such entity exists) appears to be outside of the physical universe, as we know and understand it, I rather doubt that scientific study can either prove or disprove his (her/its) existence, now or at any time in the future.

Personally, I do not believe in God or any such entity. I do not believe in anything I cannot see with my own two eyes, hear, touch, taste or feel, unless there is overwhelming evidence from those who are of perfectly sound mind who have seen, heard, touched, tasted or felt it first hand, or whatever it is has left undisputable evidence itself.

That is the world you inhabit. All your sensory input is traceable to em radiation, an indirect perception of things invisible. The forms the mind has invented for objects, at all scales, exist only in the mind. What they represent outside the mind is unknown, and probably unknowable. You believe in these entities, yet they are invisible.
 

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« Reply #22 on: 11/02/2015 20:42:25 »
My definition of science is philosophy augmented with a system of measurement, the modus operandi of science. If you can't measure it, science cannot analyze it. A Creator and the spiritual attributes he promotes; love, compassion, justice, etc., are outside the realm of science. As an example, how much love will a liter size container hold?
If science were to study charity, it would probably equate its magnitude to the amount of wealth donated, yet the scriptural evaluation states motive is more important than amount.
Why is the world more beautiful and varied than it has to be, to support life? Science can only speculate about these things. Assuming a "Supreme Being", who is eternal, and invisible, the human creature can only learn about him by divine revelation.
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #23 on: 11/02/2015 20:55:54 »
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Pete, do you love me?
You've got to be joking. You're an irritating pest that thinks the world of physics should change to fit the way he thought it always was instead of learning the way it really is.
 

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Re: Do you beleive Physics leaves room for God?
« Reply #24 on: 11/02/2015 20:59:17 »
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No - they are the ones who are doing their religion properly, fully respecting the Chief of the Fairies at the top.
Not at all. There's nothing in either the Bible or the Qur'an that gives anybody the right to kill others. Muslims lie about their use of it because they either twist what it states to fit their needs or they don't understand it. A lot of them simply never read the Qur'an just like most Christians haven't read the Bible.
 

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