THE QUEST FOR ‘TRUTH’

FACTS
1.
Supported by Evidence
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Evidence is in the form of Repeatable Observations
3.
Are Discovered through Investigations, sometimes involving Experiments
4.
No Believers required
5.
Independent existence
6.
Were true before mankind existed
7.
Will still be true after mankind becomes extinct
8.
Describe and explain observed data
9.
Enable predictions which, if verified, confirm fact as true
10.
Rational and Trustworthy
BELIEFS
1.
NOT supported by evidence
2.
No repeatable observations -  stories of unique ‘miracles’
3.
Not investigation based - just repetition or reinterpretation of ancient doctrines (ideas)
4.
A Choice made by Believers
5.
Only exist in men’s heads
6.
Began when individuals first imagined them
7.
Die when individuals change their minds or die themselves
8.
Describe and explain unsubstantiated stories
9.
Predictions are fantastic or mundane and cannot be verified
10.
Irrational and Untrustworthy

Footnotes

To support a Scientific fact, evidence must be convincing - not just a reference to an unverified book of ancient opinions but repeatable observations. There is nothing observable or repeatable in religions - we are simply told to accept that this God parted the Red Sea or walked on water and the cow jumped over the moon!

Scientific facts are discovered. In other words they already existed before mankind appeared and will continue to exist when we are all gone. For example, our understanding of radio-active decay reveals that rocks have been ‘ticking’ since long before any life existed on Earth. Whereas, beliefs only appear in mankind’s history from when he first imagined them; that’s very recently in the case of Scientology! Many previously held beliefs have now died out; do you believe in witches flying on broomsticks or the Goddess of chocolate? Some men did.

Scientific facts do not require men to believe in them. Gravity will still obey the same rules whether mankind believes in it or not, or even if he ceases to exist. Scientific facts are not only in the public domain, but exist in the real universe to be discovered or rediscovered. They can be investigated by anyone, anywhere, any time and independently verified or disputed. Beliefs only live inside men’s heads.

Scientific facts must fit the data - they have to describe and explain the phenomenon in question. Since beliefs do not offer any observable data, they can only ‘describe and explain’ with a total lack of evidence!

An acid test of veracity for Scientific facts is that they enable predictions which can be examined - the existence of Neptune was predicted mathematically, due to observed perturbations in the orbit of Uranus, and true enough, it was subsequently discovered. The existences of the elements Gallium and Germanium were also predicted before they were discovered. But the predictions of belief systems e.g. “our ‘souls’ will go to ‘heaven’” are just untestable; we are simply told to accept them.

You can trust Scientific facts - 2.8m diabetics (in UK) are living testaments to their reliability. Do you expect your prayers to be answered?

Scientific Facts versus Religious Beliefs

 

I am also atheist or agnostic (I don't even know the difference);

I prefer to think for myself.’

Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple

 

‘Religion arose from the uniquely human need for causal explanations.’

 

Lewis Wolpert CBE FRS FRSL

Developmental Biologist, Author and Broadcaster.

 

Jodie Foster, Actress

 

Another atheist

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