Re: Why Atheism Beats Agnosticism

T0Morrow (
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 17:14:31 EDT

Said I:

>> Like Laplace, I have little need for the god hypothesis.
>> But the atheistic certainty in god's non-existence strikes
>> me as a bit too cock-sure.

Responded (den Otter):

> Being sure of your case (or at least pretending to be sure) has a memetic
> advantage, and if you're wrong and there *is* a "god", so what? Nothing
> would matter anyway.

Whether or not a claim has a "memetic advantage" hardly settles the issue of
what claims to make. Back when people spoke of "rhetoric" rather than
"memetics" (a fine distinction, I suppose, but one must stay au courant the
buzzwords), they widely recognized that persuasion should stop short of