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#15 - paradoxpoetic (10/24/2013) [-]
It is practically impossible to prove that something does not exist. For instance, try to prove there are not invisible ghosts rubbing their butts on your face at all moments of the day. You can't, because it cannot be done. It is not an atheists responsibility to prove the lack of existence of God. It is the responsibility of those that believe to provide evidence.
User avatar #174 to #15 - nervaaurelius (10/25/2013) [-]
I'm glad someone gets it. I always hear this argument over and over and over and over and over and over and...
User avatar #137 to #15 - wliia (10/25/2013) [-]
Okay. Prove to me that aliens exist.
#140 to #137 - paradoxpoetic (10/25/2013) [-]
If I had unlimited resources to scour the planets that we suspect would be able to hold life, I may be able to find something. There is a quantifiable, identifiable outcome based on a series of tests. My point wasn't that you can prove everything exists per se, but that it would be impossible to prove something false if there were no way to measure it.
User avatar #145 to #140 - wliia (10/25/2013) [-]
And are we sure there's no way to measure if there is a higher power? Perhaps future technology will reveal some inherent truth of the universe?

Since we don't have the resources to prove either aliens or god exist, should our default belief be that neither exist?
#148 to #145 - paradoxpoetic (10/25/2013) [-]
It's possible, and I'm not exactly saying that there is without a doubt no belief system that is right or wrong, but we have the ability to determine whether or not there is life on other planets, whereas it will be hard to believe that there is a God, especially with the way science is progressing and showing us how natural "miracles" are.
#86 to #15 - riderdouble (10/25/2013) [-]
Or maybe it's a faith-based system and you can let people believe what they want
#117 to #86 - paradoxpoetic (10/25/2013) [-]
I have nothing against people of faith, everyone has their own beliefs and their own opinions. I do, however, disagree with those that have their beliefs and claim it to be irrefutably true, demanding that I, as one that does not believe the same, should prove them wrong. I love that people can have faith where I can not, it gives some people comfort and others something to look forward Just because I don't see the world in the same light does not mean that they are any more or less intelligent than I am. I am, however, against bigots on any side.

**** bigot assholes.
User avatar #159 to #117 - riderdouble (10/25/2013) [-]
I agree that bigot assholes do deserve a good smack to the face. But that goes for both sides of the coin,
User avatar #16 to #15 - ssurtrebor **User deleted account** (10/24/2013) [-]
You're half right. Christians do have to "prove" to atheists that he exist, but most studies don't set out to "prove" theories or hypotheses. Rather, they set out to falsify the many hypotheses out there, in order to find out what's for sure not right.

So it's kinda on both groups.
#34 to #16 - jackassalope (10/24/2013) [-]
You can only prove something false if there is a testable outcome that would be at odds with the theory. When it comes to theories that can have no observations, such as god or a ghost rubbing its butt on your face, there is no way to prove it wrong.

No religion talks in absolutes because of this. If any religion ever claimed "bad things dont happen to good people" it would be easy to disprove. So instead they say "God works in mysterious ways" and it's functionally meaningless.
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