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Agnostic vs Gnostic - Interesting discussion

Nicholas
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Boston, MA
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I think Neil deGrasse Tyson has brought more spotlight on the differences between 'agnostic' and 'gnostic' and I think it makes for some interesting discussion.

How do you identify? I would just say I am an atheist typically, but if I considered further I would probably say agnostic atheist. If we can't prove an invisible, silent, odorless, touch-less manticore is not in your house next to you right now, then should we accept that no matter how close to 99.99...% we can get to proving the manticore does not exist, we would have to apply that same logic to the most ambiguous definition of a "supreme being"?

Here is how I understand these definitions in short hand.

I suppose with my background I like applying numerical values for logical reasons at times. (engineering/mathematics)

Agnostic Atheist - You believe there is as much as 99.99...% chance that there is no supreme being.
Gnostic Atheist - You know for a fact there is no "supreme being"

Agnostic Theist - You believe there is as much as 99.99...% chance that there is a supreme being.
Gnostic Theist - You believe for a fact that there is a "supreme being"

Any thoughts on the matter?
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