[extropy-chat] Putting God to the Test

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 07:52:19 UTC 2007

On 4/25/07, Eugen Leitl <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:

> I am deluged with evidence. It is only Ten O' Clock, and I
> > have prayed twice this morning, and been answered within minutes
> > each time, a thing that simply could not happen in a mechanistic
> > universe.
> I suppose if this was to happen to me I would let my EEG checked
> for temporal lobe epilepsy first.

Or you might think that it was evidence of aliens communicating with you, or
that someone had drugged you and implanted some sort of electronic device in
your head. My experience is that better educated, more intelligent people
aren't really any more likely than average to recognise psychotic
experiences for what they are; rather, they come up with more elaborate
delusional explanations for them. The problem is that with induction, as
opposed to deduction, there is no absolute way to prove or disprove a

Stathis Papaioannou
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