Re: Battleground God

From: Lee Daniel Crocker (
Date: Tue Feb 19 2002 - 17:55:49 MST

> (Anders Sandberg <>):
> On Tue, Feb 19, 2002 at 05:42:34PM -0500, wrote:
> > I also had to bite a bullet. It didn't quite have my brain in fully
> > rational mode.
> > My problem was that I seem to require more proof that God exists than I need
> > for the proof of Evolutionary theory. Interesting, but I think that I maybe
> > justified in my view. ?.
> I got the same "problem". I consider this a case of "extraordinary
> claims require extraordinary proof" - evolution can be studied to a far
> greater extent than theological claims. Part of this is that it is a far
> more constrained explanation model for observed facts.
> Overall, an enjoyable little website. There should really be more sites
> like this for other questions (right now I'm reading a book about the
> animal rights movement, and it has some interesting examples of how
> tricky the issue of deciding what beings have rights and on what basis
> is; it would probably make a good "battleground ethics" setup).

I enjoyed that too--and I hope we do see more of that kind of
thing on the net. Seeing more philosophy without long, dry, texts
is avery good thing.

The site maintainer is also very friendly and responsive: I didn't
have to bit a bullet, but I did take one hit, for answering "true" to
question 7 and "false" to question 15, which they claim is inconsistent.
I pointed out that those questions are vague enough to allow perfectly
consistent philosophies to answer that way, and he agreed. He said he
would be working on rewording the questions to get around that problem,
but that it was tricky because every question has side-effects on some
others. In short, he seemed very interested in making it a rigorous
test, and not just some off-the-cuff Cosmo-love-test kind of thing.

Lee Daniel Crocker <> <>
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