Standards of proof - Drunk and Bitter Jesus
Sep. 17th, 2008
03:45 pm - Standards of proof
Blatantly stolen from another Netizen:
"While theists will cry out that it's not an absolute proof, science doesn't make use of an absolute standard of proof in the first place. A probabilistic standard, while ultimately inductive, is the only standard of "proof" that one can satisfy outside of pure mathematics. Really, the controversy over this is mostly one of definitions, of what constitutes "proof". Religion makes use of an absolute standard of proof which none of its claims meet (they don't meet the probabilistic standard either) and they hold atheists to that same absolute standard, knowing it's impossible in principle to satisfy. Atheists meanwhile adopt their standard of proof from science, satisfying to a probabilistic standard that the probability of God, based upon what we have observed thus far, is vanishingly small. Theists object to having this scientific standard leveraged against their beliefs, even as they leverage the religious standard against atheists."