Ben Hocking
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Does the idea of being created imply the necessity for obedience to a creator?
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If a scientist created intelligent life, then the scientist already imbued that life with a moral framework, or at least the scaffolding for that moral framework, either intentionally or ...

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Why is there something instead of nothing?
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I think a typical answer to that question is the Anthropic Principle: if there was nothing instead of something, then we wouldn't be here to ask the question. So, even if the odds of something to ...

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Is it possible to scientifically determine good and evil?
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If  you take it as a given that "it's bad for there to be a universe which results in the worst possible outcome for all sentient beings" and presumably similarly that what is "good" is what ...

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Does Intelligent Design need Religion?
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Consider this: evolutionary algorithms are a field of artificial intelligence. Thus, it is not unreasonable to argue that the "original evolutionary algorithm" (assuming that we're not in a simulation)...

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Are the limitations of language proof against the divinity of holy books?
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To add a slightly different viewpoint than Jon Ericson and Ami, I think one must ask who is the intended audience of holy books? Even if you take these books as completely divine, they are presumably ...

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Does a negative claimant have a burden of proof?
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I think Cody's answer is absolutely correct (which is not to say that other answers are incorrect). To come at this from a different perspective, consider the negative claim: No two people share ...

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Are there any potential flaws in the definition of validity as "provable or falsifiable"?
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In formal systems, axioms (e.g., the Axiom of Choice mentioned by Michael McGowan) are typically taken to be true and cannot be proven or disproven. In the sciences, axioms are expected to reflect ...

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