In 2009, the Pew Research group surveyed the American Association for the Advancement of Science with the goal of ascertaining levels of belief in God or a transcendent “spirit.” Surprisingly, 51% of scientists believed in some type of higher spirit or God, while 41% didn’t believe that such existed. Perhaps more surprisingly, in 1914, a similar survey was conducted among scientists by psychologist James Lueba. Of 1000 American scientists in 1914, 42% said that they believed in some sort of God, while 42% didn’t. (The remainder being doubt/agnosticism.) I was personally surprised to find that the change was so small….
This is a sensitive topic about murder, so please be warned.
The mass murders in the news are just terrible. In discussing murderers with comedian and avowed atheist Ricky Gervais, famed biologist Dr. Richard Dawkins said,
“I feel as though I have free will, even if I don’t. […] It wasn’t “me” that did the murder…it was my neurons and my genes.”
Under the view of atheism, we know all about the physical universe, and we know that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. As such, free will is a mere illusion. Why?
Because there is no disembodied “spirit” telling your body what to do. How could this invisible “force” control the chemical reactions in the brain to guide it into doing anything? How can there be such a thing as a spirit? It may seem that we have one, but on determinism, you are really nothing more than an equal and opposite reaction of incredible complexity.
As the late Stephen Hawking remarked,
“Given the state of the universe at one time, a complete set of laws fully determines both the future and the past. […] It is hard to see how free will can operate if our behavior is determined by physical law, so it seems we are no more than biological machines and that free will is just an illusion.”
So mass murders, under the view of atheism, are rationally neither evil nor good, but mere working of biological machinery; actions in response to stimuli, albeit complex.
With love, always,
Argo is a 2012 sci-fi-suspense-drama-history-Tehran-1979-crisis movie featuring Keanu Reeves, John Goodman, and Kerry Bishé with red hair. The red hair makes Kerry incredibly beautiful, which she is not as a blond. Although it does not feature Jean Luc Picard, it does take place in the Star Trek universe. Argo features Keanu Reeves impersonating Ben Affleck by wearing his skin, but the ruse is up when we see that his facial expressions consists of merely one, which is apathy not to the point of nihilism. The film focuses around 6 Americans who impersonate Canadians so well that they are able to…