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by yourfriendrick
Mon May 17, 2010 10:54 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism
Replies: 16
Views: 1071

Re: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism

Dawkins, God Delusion, p. 20: My title, The God Delusion, does not refer to the God of Einstein and the other enlightened scientists of the previous section. That is why I needed to get Einsteinian religion out of the way to begin with: it has a proven capacity to confuse. In the rest of this book I...
by yourfriendrick
Mon May 17, 2010 10:52 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism
Replies: 16
Views: 1071

Re: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism

MrFungus420 wrote:
If "esse est percipi" is valid, then the planet Pluto did not exist prior to about 1840.
If you mean that seriously, I'm going to guess that you haven't read Berkeley, and you don't intend to start now.
by yourfriendrick
Mon May 17, 2010 10:51 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism
Replies: 16
Views: 1071

Re: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism

Belief in any sort of god isn't about logic, it is about faith at the end of the day surely. What is the distinction between "faith" and "use of an axiom"? I suppose one has "faith" in an axiom if one actually considers it non-negotiable. In a separate thread, I might comment on Quine's notions of ...
by yourfriendrick
Mon May 17, 2010 10:49 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism
Replies: 16
Views: 1071

Re: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism

Incidentally, it seems quite clear to me that Dawkins doesn't understand the word "pantheism," because his God Delusion contains some comments that would get an undergraduate paper flunked: It was not written for "philosophers". It was written to be accessible to just about anyone. So, out of neces...
by yourfriendrick
Mon May 17, 2010 8:11 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism
Replies: 16
Views: 1071

Re: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism

Belief in any sort of god isn't about logic, it is about faith at the end of the day surely. What is the distinction between "faith" and "use of an axiom"? I suppose one has "faith" in an axiom if one actually considers it non-negotiable. In a separate thread, I might comment on Quine's notions of ...
by yourfriendrick
Mon May 17, 2010 8:08 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism
Replies: 16
Views: 1071

Re: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism

Incidentally, it seems quite clear to me that Dawkins doesn't understand the word "pantheism," because his God Delusion contains some comments that would get an undergraduate paper flunked: Let's remind ourselves of the terminology. A theist believes in a supernatural intelligence who, in addition t...
by yourfriendrick
Mon May 17, 2010 7:43 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism
Replies: 16
Views: 1071

Re: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism

Same old story really. It isn't for Dawkins (or anyone else) to disprove any sort of god of any sort of type, conceptual construct or nature. It is for the person proposing such a thing to offer some evidence of its existence. Welcome by the way! Thanks for the welcome. I don't know enough of Russe...
by yourfriendrick
Mon May 17, 2010 7:18 am
Forum: Atheism & Religion
Topic: Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism
Replies: 16
Views: 1071

Berkeley, Russell's neutral monism, Einstein's pantheism

I was reading Wikipedia and I saw: Since there are a number of different theistic ideas relating to the nature of God(s), Dawkins defines the concept of God that he wishes to address early in the book. Dawkins distinguishes between an abstract, impersonal god (such as found in pantheism, or as promo...