Uncertainty – Is it Implausible?

Ghosts – Aliens – God

What do they have in common besides they spell GAG for athiests? Well they are all areas of uncertainty.

I have seen over 100’s of documentaries and movies on the totality of each subject area – many based on real events – from ghosts, to aliens, to faith systems.

Now none of them are defineably proveable, does this mean they don’t really exist? Because there are a lot of things we can’t make sense of – like time travel or other dimensions, yet those ideas are on the scientific table as plausible. Are things uncertain also unplausible?

Now do I believe any of the aforementioned subject areas? I am willing to at least look at each with a closer look to see if they have merit.

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6 thoughts on “Uncertainty – Is it Implausible?

  1. Don’t forget that “I don’t know” is a legitimate answer. But where there are no good reasons for believing something to be more likely than not, this is a perfectly acceptable response. Remember, too, that if one is willing to entertain any of these as possible rather than highly improbable, then along with it comes the burden of explaining why it is possible and knowable within the framework of cause, effect, and mechanism to support the position. If none of these can be informed by good reasons, then the possibilities are reduced accordingly. Non belief is a perfectly valid default position unless and until good reasons can begin to inform why some measure belief is warranted.

  2. I disagree that “non belief is a perfectly valid default position.”
    There are two main factors, I think, to coming to a conclusion on a belief issue. The first is the importance of the issue. The existence of hell seems to be pretty important and relevant, since allegedly everyone has a chance of going there, for all eternity. Glitter covered unicorns on the other hand, would not affect my life if they existed or not. The second in a bias. Everyone, despite what they may say, have a predisposed idea on the important subjects, even if it’s not that strong. If one is unwilling to put their bias aside, then logic and all forms of reason, learning, and integrity are shoved aside, even if they’re right. It is not so much that non belief is not a valid position, but it is hardly default. It is because of a bias that it would ever be default. There must be reasons for belief on an issue with such grand implications. If Christianity did not have a large following, or did not make such important claims, there could be a default position, but that is not the case. It is important. There is no default.
    Just my thought.

  3. “If none of these can be informed by good reasons, then the possibilities are reduced accordingly. Non belief is a perfectly valid default position unless and until good reasons can begin to inform why some measure belief is warranted” (tildeb)

    I actually agree with this 100%. I see the validity in not believing in something that is not ‘proven’.

    On a side note, was watching a thing on the human brain yesterday and they have realized many humans make decision not based solely on the proof, but usually leave that to intuition.

    For example, when buying a home many people will weigh all the options from price to layout to size. However, the actual decision is not determined by those ‘facts’. The determination actually comes down to a more emotive place, ‘how does this feel to me’?

    Just saying ‘fact’s’ are great but they are not always a determining factor in decision making.

    • Absolutely. We fool ourselves all the time. And I suspect we take the bulk of our positions more on feeling and intuition and then use reason to back them up. That’s why it’s so important to respect any method of critical inquiry that allows us to reduce our natural impulses to jump to conclusions we simply believe is true by working from the ground up to arrive at a conclusion from impersonal evidence. This is not to deny the importance of how or why we feel what we do; it is a caution to explore our responses and be willing to seek their oftentimes hidden motivations. These are terrific ways to come to know one’s self.

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