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Re^2: Who is your favorite scientist and why?

by Athanasius (Archbishop)
on Aug 02, 2017 at 08:01 UTC ( #1196517=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Who is your favorite scientist and why?
in thread Who is your favorite scientist and why?

Question: What do the following scientists have in common?

Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, James Clerk Maxwell, Heinrich Hertz, Gregor Mendel, Lord Kelvin, Wilhelm Röntgen, and Arthur Eddington.

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Cheers,

Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum Iustus alius egestas vitae, eros Piratica,

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Re^3: Who is your favorite scientist and why?
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 02, 2017 at 10:49 UTC

      I don’t know that a person with a high IQ is any more (or less) likely to suffer the mental disorders listed above than a person of average or low IQ (and, BTW, rumination syndrome is a physical disorder, not a mental one). But that’s beside the point. Classifying “the god delusion” as “[an]other mental disorder” is a classic example of petitio principii (begging the question). So, as regards the first paragraph above: kudos for the rhetoric, but no prizes for the logic (since there isn’t any).

      The second paragraph is more interesting, because the quote from Dawkins reveals a characteristic flaw in his argumentation: the failure to distinguish religious faith from fideism. The consequence of this failure is that the “unquestioning faith” he attacks is largely a straw man of his own imagining (at least as far as mainstream Christianity is concerned).

      On the role faith plays in Christianity, a good place to start would be the essay “On Obstinacy in Belief” by C. S. Lewis.

      Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum Iustus alius egestas vitae, eros Piratica,

      Not all "sensible" religions teach that unquestioning faith is a virtue.
        What would be some examples of such religions?

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