There is a lot to disagree with in this essay. While almost all of us support the efforts of scientists to understand the facts of the uninverse, I don't think any of us want to give up on concepts such as "cause and effect" or "purpose." We all have motivations which are the reasons for our actions. The purposes that we cite for our actions are as much facts of the universe as what is rigorously asserted by scientists.
This article says something about a difference that we might have with religious folks. However, I am not sure that many of us want to reduce our worldviews to this type of extreme scientism. Life is much more complex than that. I think if we are doing peer reviewed science papers we might be willing to keep
what we say to this realm of rigorous science.
From: Mathew Goldstein <[address removed]>
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Subject: [atheists-27] Why (Almost All) Cosmologists are Atheists
An obvious topic for an atheist email group is to answer the question why we are atheists. Some people treat this as a question about personal history: When I was xx years old such and such happened. But I see this as primarily being an intellectual question. I am a philosophical naturalist, and my belief that there are no gods (note that I am asserting positively that my belief is there are no gods, I am not merely asserting I don't believe in any gods) is just a by-product of my conclusion that we live in a material world, to quote from a Madonna song. Like all of my conclusions about what is true or false about how the world works, this is justified based on "looking at", or "reading from", what the overall empirical
evidences depict, or say. In other words, if the overall empirical evidences favored the conclusion that there is one or more gods, then (and only then) I would be a theist.
Here is as article by Sean Carroll that illustrates how to go about properly justifying beliefs from the empirical evidences, an essential skill that I think far too many people fail to practice, and that I think is worth reading: Why (Almost All) Cosmologists are Atheists http://preposterousuniverse.com/writings/nd-paper/
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