Thanks for the heads-up. I see I have another interesting day ahead of reading more recent articles by Hawkins.
Agnostic atheists, but agnostic none-the-less.
I think there is no god. Period.
That said, there is no way to be 100% sure of anything. It is virtually impossible to prove that something does not exist. With that in mind, there appears to more evidence for Bigfoot or the Loch-Ness Monster.
Are you 100% sure that it is impossible to know something for sure? Skepticism fails at the outset.
You are merely theorising. There are many points in my above reply where I have quoted Hitchens. They all need serious consideration. My answer to your question would be " I would not attempt to reply to your theorising, but as far as I am concerned, I am a 100% atheist, no less! If skepticism fails, the first failure would have been Gallileo!
What am I theorizing about? It is not just a theory that the impossible cannot happen. People who say that one cannot be sure of anything are irrational because this is a contradiction in itself. Skepticism in the presence of contradictory evidence is appropriate, but as a fundamental principle is just wrong. Keeping open to the possiblility of the impossible existing is improper skepticism. It is to these two points that I am referring. So your answer to my question is that you won't answer it? I applaud Gallileo and Hitchens, but not in how they may maintain skepticism as universal and fundamental.
What can be clear from my reply is that whatever the theory about the probality of the impossible happening, it is always posssible to take firm decisions. If that remote possilibility is to affect our decision making, bold decesion making wil be nonexisting in the world. Look at the faithfuls. The do not have an iota of doubt about their faith. So, even if you are theoretically right, there will always be subjects on which we will be called upon to take a firm decision. I have stated that I myself have taken a firm decision, just to add force to my argument, because I felt that atheism is one subject that needs my bold decision.
Come on dude,
"whatever the theory about the probability of the impossible happening"
-I just can't take people seriously that think there is even a remote chance of the impossible happening. At least you're correct about there being no god.
My take is that god is extremely improbable. Equally improbable hypothese include unicorns and elves and ghosts.
In terms of everyday life, I think one has to assume that there is no god until such a time that the improbability of god's existence is reduced.
Furthermore, it makes no sense to assume in some improbabilities and not in others. Logic requires consistency. If you believe in god why not believe in other improbabilities such as Ra, elves, the loch Ness monster and Russell's flying celestial teapot?
MK, anti-faith certainty as a counterpoint?
I think if you believe in anything 100% then you are a fool or you have had a very lucky life. :-)
One of the most profound thing that I learned in college was "Never say Never, Never say Always".