Rob the Wop wrote:A = ~A; FALSE
They are not logically equivilant.
I'm not saying that the two statements of fact are not equal. I'm saying that the logic used to get to both statements of what people believe to be fact use the same logic.
As to the concept of beliefs, everyone has them. It is the way it we think, and this is a good thing. Agnostics may claim the miraculous ability to be free of faith, but this is wrong.
How so? I choose to not care about the spiritual world and the afterlife and I have no opinion as to whether there is or is not a god or afterlife because it doesn't matter (which is different from what I *believe* to be true). How is this "wrong"? Are you saying it's not possible for someone to say, "It can't be proven"? I have yet to have someone here prove or disprove the existence of god.
Go into a room you have never been in. It is empty save a light bulb and a switch on the wall. You walk over and flip the switch in order to turn on the light. Why? You believe that the switch will turn on the light regardless of the fact that you have not seen this particular switch turn on this particular light. This is the same reason you don't expect a giant man eating purple twinkie behind every closed door you open. You have never seen a giant man eating purple twinkie lurking behind a door, but you can't discount it if you hold your experiences up against infinity.
But humans use 'fuzzy logic' to determine how we react to our immediate reality. We compare our past experiences to new situations and react accordingly. If you take into account our beliefs based upon what we have read (2nd hand knowledge- physics, chemistry, etc), then we add a third removed layer of experiences. This way you can believe that the moon is NOT made of cheese without having actually been there.
Ergo, I believe that there is no omnipotent being responsible for reality. I do not need a logical proof for me to hold this belief any more than you need one to believe in things you have not immediately experienced.
Right, so you being an atheist is based on belief, not absolute fact, correct? (Since you can't disprove the existence of a deity, you just choose to believe there isn't one based on your own experience.)