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BBruch
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May6-11, 09:44 AM
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I was reading something that said...

"The bedrock of the so called intelligent design movement is that matter cannot come from nothing. Illustrating one of the many reasons intelligent design isn't allowed in a class room is that physics shows that matter does indeed spontaneously materialize, and that the true evidence of a universe with a God, would be one in which nothing existed. In fact, it has been said by Nobel Prize winning scientists that because there is material in the Universe, is proof God doesn't exist."

So can anyone explain where there is proof that matter spontaneously appears? I would really like to know more about this.

The reason I was looking up an article like this is because lately I've been getting into small pointless religion debates with some of my deeply religious classmates. But no matter how logical/rational what I say to them is they always seem to talk me down with the stupidest points. I just want to find a good argument for why god doesn't exist.

Also, I know I'm probably sounding like a big douche bag right now but I have respect for what people choose to believe. I dont go up to every religious person I see trying to tell them what they know is invalid. But this has been bugging me for the longest time. Urgh... please help!
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May6-11, 10:16 AM
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There is no evidence of the existence or non-existence of a god, nor is it wise to expect such. You are wasting time debating with religious people - the very nature of faith is the rejection of reason and hence no argument you bring can be successful, by definition. In fact, you will have the opposite effect. Your repeated attempts to bring reason to their brain will only strengthen their faith.

IMO, Sam Harris has the right idea on dealing with this issue. Simply treat religious people as if they are silly, as we would do for someone who claims to see Elvis or Bigfoot or alien craft.

When you quote something, you should usually attribute the source, so that we may vet its authenticity and believability.
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May6-11, 10:42 AM
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http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_t...does_not_exist

^ Thats what I was reading from. I understand that actually. I'm very well aware that I'm wasting my own time arguing with religious people. I even expected a lot of responses similar to yours.

I didnt come here to be criticized, I just want to know where there is a study that shows that matter spontaneously appears and if anyone has a good argument against religion.

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May6-11, 11:13 AM
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How/Where does matter spontaneously materialize?

There is something logically contradictory about this whole thing.

So let's start with the principle that something cannot come out of nothing. If one claims that this is the evidence for "God", then one then has made a logical contradiction, because you've accepted that there's God, and that God didn't have a "maker" or didn't come out of nothing. In other words, who made "God" and where did God come from? To argue that god didn't come out of anything implies that one HAS accepted something out of nothing. So one is being logically inconsistent - not accepting that something can come out of nothing, while at the some point, switch gears and accept that something can come out of nothing.

This is BEFORE we argue about vacuum fluctuation, etc. in Quantum field theory.

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There is something logically contradictory about this whole thing.

So let's start with the principle that something cannot come out of nothing. If one claims that this is the evidence for "God", then one then has made a logical contradiction, because you've accepted that there's God, and that God didn't have a "maker" or didn't come out of nothing. In other words, who made "God" and where did God come from? To argue that god didn't come out of anything implies that one HAS accepted something out of nothing. So one is being logically inconsistent - not accepting that something can come out of nothing, while at the some point, switch gears and accept that something can come out of nothing.

This is BEFORE we argue about vacuum fluctuation, etc. in Quantum field theory.

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The problem there is that by definition [according to religious beliefs], God has always existed. There was no beginning. In the case of the universe, there was.
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Quote Quote by BBruch View Post
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_t...does_not_exist

^ Thats what I was reading from. I understand that actually. I'm very well aware that I'm wasting my own time arguing with religious people. I even expected a lot of responses similar to yours.

I didnt come here to be criticized, I just want to know where there is a study that shows that matter spontaneously appears and if anyone has a good argument against religion.
I don't keep up with this stuff much anymore, but as I understand it, one model from String Theory suggests that the universe has always existed and the Big Bang was a transformative event, not the beginning everything. Before the BB, the universe was an eleven-dimension hypersurface.

This is the only explanation I've heard that removes the need for something to come from nothing. In a sense, it would solve the problem the same way religion does.
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May6-11, 12:33 PM
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The problem there is that by definition [according to religious beliefs], God has always existed. There was no beginning. In the case of the universe, there was.
It is a belief, so nothing can be verified. well in the way we could make an assumption/belief that the universe is just cyclical (i.e. beginning and end)
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It is a belief, so nothing can be verified. well in the way we could make an assumption/belief that the universe is just cyclical (i.e. beginning and end)
That has nothing to do with my response. Zapper cited an apparent logical contradiction where there is none.

As for the universe being cyclical, that would seem to be ruled out by the now known acceleration of the expansion, due to "dark energy".

Incidently, back before we knew about the accelerated expansion, back when people were arguing about the notion of a Big Crunch, I remember the Hindus pointing to the cyclical universe concept as being consistent with their religious beliefs.
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May6-11, 12:47 PM
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How is there no contradiction ? as i posted previously, it is a stated belief / assumption that a god/supernatural always existed according to religion.
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How is there no contradiction ? as i posted previously, it is a stated belief / assumption that a god/supernatural always existed according to religion.
Zapper cited an apparent logical contradiction in religious beliefs. It was in fact a misrepresentation of those beliefs. I didn't say anything about those beliefs being true or not.
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Zapper cited an apparent logical contradiction in religious beliefs. It was in fact a misrepresentation of those beliefs. I didn't say anything about those beliefs being true or not.
so beliefs cannot be a contradiction in themselves.It is not a misrepresentation of any belief. So it is stated/believed (acc to religion) that the supernatural always existed, but the universe was created. And you cannot see a contradiction here ?
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so beliefs cannot be a contradiction in themselves.It is not a misrepresentation of any belief. So it is stated/believed (acc to religion) that the supernatural always existed, but the universe was created. And you cannot see a contradiction here ?
I'm not sure if 'contradiction' is the right word, but I do see what is meant here and I must agree.

They willing accept a god(s) existing infinitely, but can't accept the universe has* (cutting the 'god factor' out so to speak).

* Not saying the universe has done. But there is something of a logical contradiction in their choice.
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I'm not sure if 'contradiction' is the right word, but I do see what is meant here and I must agree.

They willing accept a god(s) existing infinitely, but can't accept the universe has* (cutting the 'god factor' out so to speak).

* Not saying the universe has done. But there is something of a logical contradiction in their choice.
It seems to me a logic that does not follow (contradiction maynot be the correct word ) even for the religious.
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May6-11, 02:36 PM
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I don't keep up with this stuff much anymore, but as I understand it, one model from String Theory suggests that the universe has always existed and the Big Bang was a transformative event, not the beginning everything. Before the BB, the universe was an eleven-dimension hypersurface.

This is the only explanation I've heard that removes the need for something to come from nothing. In a sense, it would solve the problem the same way religion does.
Can you explain what an eleven-dimension hypersurface is for me? And how does it remove the need for something to come from nothing?
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May6-11, 02:38 PM
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And how does it remove the need for something to come from nothing?
It doesn't. It just extends the time a bit.

Bear in mind science doesn't say anything pre-big bang so you can't give a scientific opinion prior to that time.

Invoking a god(s) simply adds to problems. You go from who created the universe to who created the god - a pointless addition.

If the above is correct that they believe that god 'just is' and simply exists for all time then there's nothing you can do. There's no argument. There doesn't need to be one. They are blanketing any possible avenue and preventing a logical discussion. Namely, ignoring the issue.

Just accept it's a waste of time debating with them and leave it at that.
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May6-11, 02:47 PM
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It doesn't. It just extends the time a bit.

Bear in mind science doesn't say anything pre-big bang so you can't give a scientific opinion prior to that time.

Invoking a god(s) simply adds to problems. You go from who created the universe to who created the god - a pointless addition.

If the above is correct that they believe that god 'just is' and simply exists for all time then there's nothing you can do. There's no argument. There doesn't need to be one. They are blanketing any possible avenue and preventing a logical discussion. Namely, ignoring the issue.

Just accept it's a waste of time debating with them and leave it at that.
If I managed to convince one of my Christian friends to be an Athiest it wouldn't be a waste of time to me. But I am still very interested in understanding what an eleven-dimensional hypersurface is. Do you have a link or something that could dumb it down? I have a feeling no one here wants to explain this to me. >.>
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The problem there is that by definition [according to religious beliefs], God has always existed. There was no beginning. In the case of the universe, there was.
It may not be a religious paradox, but it still is a logical paradox. It started with the principle (a non religious one) that something cannot be created out of nothing. Based on this logical, non-religious axiom, one erroneously conclude that since there is something, it must be created by something else, i.e. God.

It is THEN that this axiom stopped being applied and then religious axiom takes over when dealing with the property of god, i.e. one changes the rule of the game. This is a blatant contradiction of logic.

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If I managed to convince one of my Christian friends to be an Athiest it wouldn't be a waste of time to me.
Why would you want to do that?


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