Q1. Aren't you using "chance" the same way that believers use "god" to fill in the gaps?
A1. No, I don't use anything to fill any gaps. I don't see any gaps. There are things that are unknown, but I am comfortable with unknowns in life.
I don't have a need to have the answers to everything. I don't feel so uncomfortable with "not knowing" that I have to make something up to fill
While I like science, it plays no role in my atheism.
Q2. Why should there be something, instead of nothing?
A2. The lead up to this question assumes that all atheists think alike in that "all this exists for no reason." That's an invalid assumption. I
think there might be a reason, I'm just not sure there is and if there is, I'm not sure what it is and I'm OK not knowing.
Also, I believe we all carry within us... intelligence. In other words, if there is an "intelligent design", it comes from US, not an external
force. WE are intelligence and carry intelligence within our brains, our minds, our body parts. But the answer to the question above is... I don't
Q3. Where do you get your morals from.
A3. Again, the lead up to this question assumes that atheist have a set of beliefs that they all agree on. The ONLY thing atheists agree on is that
there is no God. The rest is up for opinion.
To answer the question, I got my morals from several places. My parents, teachers, etc, as I grew up. But more importantly, my morals come from me. I
have learned how I feel when I lie. THAT feeling tells me it's wrong. I have COMPASSION. I can feel for a person whose loved one is killed. THAT
feeling tells me that killing is wrong.
I always find it amusing that people who question atheists morals would be raping and killing people without their religion to tell them what's right
Q4. How did morals evolve?
(I agree with whatukno completely, so I will steal their answer.)
A4. In Humans morals evolved over thousands of years of civilization. Our moral compass as it stands today is set by those that came before us and
guided our ancestors. Morals however differ in all parts of the world, what is right and what is wrong is society inclusive.
Q5. Can nature generate complex organisms, in the sense of originating it, when previously there was none?
A5. Apparently. But it's a bit silly, though, to think that Earth is the only place in the Universe where life exists.
Religion is EXACTLY what the video describes as having an arrow in a wall and painting a bullseye around it.
At the end of the video, the speaker asks, "Is that what you want me to believe"? And my answer is, I don't care what YOU believe. Why are you so
concerned with what I
[edit on 26-8-2008 by Benevolent Heretic]