Wednesday, 4 July 2007

The Answer to Why I do not Believe in God

I don't believe in God for the same reason that I do not believe in any number of things: neither do I believe in fairies at the bottom of my garden, pink elephants, unicorns, Santa Claus, ghosts - et al.

Why is it that many theists will look at an atheist 'sideways' when he or she says; "I do not believe in God" - but they will look 'straight on' when the same individual says; "I do not believe in unicorns" ...Why is that?

Conceptually speaking both God and unicorns belong to the same cognitive realm of mental cognition. Neither are true or false statements... they are arbitrary speculations.

A statement can be verified to be true or false only within correct cognitive context, as that context pertains to know aspects of reality. Without the ability to grasp reality in context, an individuals grasp does not reach mental cognition on that aspect of reality. It is within the framework of context, with which one can verify realities and falsify non-realities.

Frameworks of reference within mental cognitive context is a bit of a mouthful. But it is simple to explain: One cannot falsify an incorrect mathematical sum by studying the history of Alexander the Great, nor by Examining the enigma of Mona Lisa's smile.

The truth or falsehood of a proposition therefore, requires not only context, but relevant context.

Now that the "dust of understanding" has settled a little... Let us move on to 'arbitrary concepts', which I have previously stated cannot be contextualized. The arbitrary as I have previously stated is neither true nor false. Let us examine a false proposition in mathematics and show that it does have context and can thus be fit into a known frame of reference and can thus be acted on within a framework of knowledge, in this case mathematics:

One can quite easily falsify a simply sum, for example: 1 + 1= 3. Thus, one can falsify a proposition as long as you use the correct frame of reference (in this case mathematics) and it can be quantified next to previously known propositions... In this case the sum itself.

This then is why concepts such as God and unicorns fall down as neither true nor false, but arbitrary. Even the false can be falsified through context... The arbitrary cannot. There is no frame of reference within which to falsify the proposition.

If you cannot be in a position to falsify a proposition within context; then it should immediately be dismissed as a means of knowing. The arbitrary is unknowable, because only that which is capable of being falsified has context within reality.

Now, a religious individual may then point to their Biblical text or whichever faithful text they follow and simply say: "No! it is not arbitrary, here is my context". But this is simply circular reasoning. For that argument to stand up one would first have to prove that the Bible itself had context and could sit within a known frame of reference. The best you could say of the Bible and indeed any of the monotheistic texts is that they are books of parables that may or may not have the odd historical truth hidden within their pages.

The arbitrary by the very simply fact of being a speculation without context is enough to dismiss it as meaningless.

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