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Elementary My Dear #Watson! The Beauty (and Baloney) of Being Right about Everything: click here
Submitted by Timothy McGettigan
Although strictly speaking Stephen Hawking's brand of determinism may not be a form of "religion" per se, nevertheless, determinism employs essentially the same type of teleological dogmatism as faith-based theologies. Like many theologies, determinism does not lend itself to being tested. Just as it is with Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, etc., either you believe in the basic tenets of determinism, or you don't. In order to generate scientific support for any one of the above-listed faiths, the faiths would need to articulate statements or predictions that are empirically testable. The problem with deductive dogmatism is that, even in the face of copious quantities of falsifying evidence (e.g., archaeological, geological, and astronomical evidence which compellingly demonstrates that the universe was not created by the Christian god during the week of Sunday, October 23, 4004 BCE), dogmatists will blithely reject any interpretation of the evidence that contravenes their faith.
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