Are physicists religious?

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There would be a higher percentage of atheists among scientists than among the general population since scientific fields select for both high IQ and some rationality. But the religion brain module is very strong, so even a significant amount of scientists with their high IQ and some rationality cannot override the their religious inclinations. A recent survey showed that most American physicians believe in a deity.
 
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Whenever anyone says (or writes or thinks) "random," he or she is making reference to a process beyond human cognition. Who or what generates "random draws"? Isn't "God does" the obvious answer? How is this not religious?
 
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EnumaElish said:
Whenever anyone says (or writes or thinks) "random," he or she is making reference to a process beyond human cognition. Who or what generates "random draws"? Isn't "God does" the obvious answer? How is this not religious?

Why on earth would we need a god to generate random events, if we don't need one to generate deterministic ones? Just because WE can't generate truly random events doesn't mean that a godless universe can't.
 
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selfAdjoint said:
Why on earth would we need a god to generate random events, if we don't need one to generate deterministic ones?
Even when science can answer "how," it cannot answer "why."
 
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selfAdjoint said:
Why on earth would we need a god to generate random events, if we don't need one to generate deterministic ones? Just because WE can't generate truly random events doesn't mean that a godless universe can't.
This seems strange to me. To me, it seems that generation requires a generator, even if the output is only random events.
 
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This seems strange to me. To me, it seems that generation requires a generator, even if the output is only random events.

With that attitude, you are stuck with a prime mover, a la Aristotle. This may not be a god in the religious sense, but it sure looks like one.
 

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