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Today's #quoteoftheday comes from the French philosopher Blaise Pascal. #editing
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¡GOD IS TOO IMPORTANTE TO BE LEFT TO THE RELIGIONS!

ABOUT A GOD COMPATIBLE WITH SCIENCE:

Today nobody can prove the existence or inexistence of a creator of the universe. So both cases are probable. The probability each person assigns to such existence depends on everyone, however assigning a probability ZERO (atheists) is as dogmatic as assigning a probability ONE (believers). Therefore, without accepting or denying such existence, one can ask: What features could have a creator if He has to be COMPATIBLE with all the scientific knowledge we have of the universe, nature and ourselves? The answer could be…
 
If God exists and created this marvelous universe, He must be almighty, wise, full of goodness and justice. He would be much greater than the "holy books" of all religions (plagued with errors, falsehoods, contradictions and absurdities), and He would have created the natural laws that lead to all the impressive phenomena that we observe around, including human being (with his freewill, his consciousness and his use of reason; whose clarification constitute a great challenge for Science).
 
Human being can decide his role in nature, from a harmonious coexistence to his self-elimination. God could measure the degree of appreciation and understanding we have of his creation, and He would be identifying the innocent and the guilty of the suffering and the destruction of the Earth (clerics included).

Being good is simply: not to damage oneself, nor others, nor nature (the gods of all religions would agree with this). And, if God exists, He´ll punish the bad, not the good, believers or not, because otherwise He would be a vain, intolerant and unjust God.

But if that magnificent God exists, one wonders: would he sends natural disasters in which so many innocent people die or become hopeless?

The answer would be that, as with diseases and accidents, this is His way of telling us that we must be prepared, as individuals and as a society, to live with nature; we must know it very well scientifically to avoid and fight diseases, prevent accidents, and to foresee and act in natural disasters. We must, in addition, be good people at all times, thus always be ready for the departing time.

For all this, we see that to live a good happy life, without prejudice or fear, it is enough to be good, strive to learn the real world, and build just and humanitarian societies that take advantage of and respect nature.

This could be the basis for a Scientific Religion, which would unify all the others, take aside intolerance, would finish dangerous and absurd cults, and eliminate superstition and quackery that lures and hurts people so. (This is only a suggestion to the currently existing religions)

The above conclusions are based on experience, use of reason, feelings, and knowledge. This probable Scientific God, compatible with all our scientific knowledge of the world and ourselves, doesn´t demand us to believe or thanking or praising continuously to Him, nor require intermediaries; only asks us to know and respect his creation (us included). This way, there would be no difference between believers, skeptics, agnostics, atheists, clerics and scientists; it would only be difference between good and bad (with the corresponding nuances).
  
¡The problem is not God but the religions and their fanatic clerics!

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”
― Isaac Asimov

"The 'inner world' is full of phantoms and false lights: the will is one of them. The will no longer moves anything - it merely accompanies events, it can also be absent. The so-called 'motive': another error. Merely a surface phenomenon of consciousness, an accompaniment to an act, which conceals rather than exposes the antecedentia of the act. And as for the ego! It has become a fable, a fiction, a play on words: it has totally ceased to think, to feel and to will!"

~Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idolts 

"The value of philosophy is, in fact, to be sought largely in its very uncertainty. The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the co-operation or consent of his deliberate reason. To such a man the world tends to become definite, finite, obvious; common objects rouse no questions, and unfamiliar possibilities are contemptuously rejected. As soon as we begin to philosophize, on the contrary, we fine, as we saw in our opening chapters, that even the most everyday things lead to problems to which only very incomplete answers can be given."

~Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

"Almost all our common beliefs are either inferred, or capable of being inferred, from other beliefs which may be regarded as giving the reason for them. As a rule, the reason has been forgotten, or has even never been consciously present to our minds. Few of us ever ask ourselves, for example, what reason there is to suppose the food we are just going to eat will not turn out to be poison. Yet we feel, when challenged, that a perfectly good reason could be found, even if we are not ready with it at the moment. And in this belief we are usually justified."

-Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

Hi all,

There are (so far) 52 members of this community, which is fantastic, but by my count only one person besides myself has posted a quote. I fancy myself a source of interesting science & philosophy quotes, but I know for a fact I'm not the only one who occasionally stumbles across a quote and thinks, "I must share this!" So share away people! 

Cheers,

Gary

"The world of being is unchangeable, rigid, exact, delightful to the mathematician, the logician, the builder of metaphysical systems, and all who love perfection more than life. The world of existence is fleeting, vague, without sharp boundaries, without any clear plan or arrangement, but it contains all thoughts and feelings, all the data of sense, and all physical objects, everything that can do either good or harm, everything that makes any difference to the value of life and the world. According to our temperaments, we shall prefer the contemplation of the one or of the other."

-Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

In these terms, I am a lover of existence not being.

"...[P]ersons, even of considerable mental endowment, often give themselves so little trouble to understand the bearings of any opinion against which they entertain a prejudice, and men in general so little conscious of this voluntary ignorance as a defect that the vulgarest misunderstandings of ethical doctrines are continually met with in the deliberate writings of persons of the greatest pretensions both to high principle and to philosophy." ~ John Stuart Mill

Utilitarianism , Chapter II, "What Utilitarianism Is"
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