[ExI] "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."

giovanni santost santostasigio at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 2 01:45:58 UTC 2008

Because, believers (and there is a degree of belief in some of us, for something or the other) are irrational and hypocritical in their belief and behaviour. A believer would chant the glory of Heaven, but it would kill rather than been killed, would support a candidate for president that is for banning stem cell research and then sell their house to support such research if their child is paralized in accident, they would believe in God when scared or alone and act in an ungodly and selfish way when everything is good and ok.

--- On Sat, 11/1/08, Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Stathis Papaioannou <stathisp at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [ExI] "There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life."
To: "ExI chat list" <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
Date: Saturday, November 1, 2008, 1:48 AM

2008/11/1 samantha <sjatkins at mac.com>:

> That there is no God both is and is not a reason to not worry depending on
> one's model of what such a being might me and its implications for us.
> there is no God and thus no afterlife etc. can be quite worrisome as it is
> the end of the cosmic "re-do" or "another chance".   
I think that the day
> when there being no God really sinks in is the day life-extension and
> human+ technology gains major support.   Those who believe that this human
> life is not all there is can't be bothered to care too much about
> it or even to fully consider death as much of a tragedy.   This has
> implications across the moral/ethical spectrum.

Actually, "believers" don't behave as if they really believe in
afterlife. Their attitude to medicine, law enforcement or road safety
is surely not much different than that of atheists; but why would you
bother with those things if the worst that could happen was that you
die and end up in Heaven?

Stathis Papaioannou
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