Re: Debunk All Religiosity Equally (D.A.R.E.)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Tue Jul 10 2001 - 01:54:51 MDT

Damien Broderick wrote:
> At 03:07 AM 7/10/01 -0400, Eliezer wrote:
> >Also, if the researchers weren't theological wimps, they'd have dared to
> >ask *which* religion lived longest, instead of trying to do a broad-based
> >survey.
> They'd be putting themselves at grave risk, if they're Christians:
> E.g., the Catholic Catechism at
> explicates, with evidence
> from God Hisself:
> < 2119 Tempting God consists in putting his goodness and almighty power to
> the test by word or deed.
(lite version)

Remember back in the good old days, back when religion was the only game
in town and people were so unsophisticated that they had to use the
Bayesian Probability Theorem? If you really want to annoy a religious
opponent who insists on the untestability of faith, memorize the story of
Elijah and the priests of Baal and *insist* that it is the first written
description (albeit fictional) of the scientific method.

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Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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