Re: Believing ...

From: Stathis Papaioannou <>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2007 23:02:09 +1100

On 3/20/07, Bruno Marchal <> wrote:
> Le 01-mars-07, à 00:35, Brent Meeker a écrit :
> > Brent Meeker quoted:
> > "Atheism is a belief system the way "Off" is a TV channel."
> > --- George Carlin
> Carlin makes the typical confusion between atheism and agnosticism.
> An atheist has indeed a rich belief system:
> 1) he believes that God does not exist (unlike an agnostic who does not
> believe that God exists: that makes a huge difference)
> 2) he generally believes in a material or Aristotelian Universe
> (despite its contradiction with comp, or with QM, or with some
> physically reproducible facts, and despite any proof or argument beyond
> the Aristotelian Matter reification.)

1) Do you believe we should also be agnostic about Santa Claus and the Tooth
Fairy? If so, should the balance of belief in these entities (i.e. belief
for/against) be similar to that in the case of God? I ask in all seriousness
as you are a logician and there *is* a huge difference, logically if not
practically, between atheism and agnosticism.

2) I don't know that atheists are much more likely to believe in a material
universe than other people.

Stathis Papaioannou

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