thread: 2007-01-04 : Self-identification vs. Membership

On 2007-01-07, NinJ wrote:

The question of God's existence is much more interesting to me than an answer, frankly. Maybe that's just sour grapes; maybe since I can't have an answer I say I don't want one. But it seems like God is a concept that helps me to look at things I don't understand and remember that my understanding isn't required for them to exist; that there are whole realms of coherent phenomena (quantum physics, evolution, pi...) that I can't understand because I lack the philosophical tools to do so and perhaps lack the psychophisiological apparatus to develop them.

God is a straw man, a reminder of how easy it is to anthropomorphize phenomena we don't understand. If I keep pushing my definition out to the limits of my comprehension, I keep from making an idol.

Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine.
- Sir Arthur Eddington (1882-1944)


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