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Book review: ‘Why Science Does Not Disprove God’ by Amir D. Aczel
Washington Post ^ | April 10, 2014 | Alan Lightman

Posted on 04/14/2014 3:39:00 PM PDT by neverdem

In “Einstein, God, and the Big Bang,” a colorful chapter of his new book, Amir D. Aczel maintains that Albert Einstein truly believed in God. He points out that Einstein attended synagogue during his year in Prague (1913). He repeats several famous Einstein utterances mentioning the Deity: “Subtle is the Lord, but malicious he is not” and “I want to know God’s thoughts — the rest are details.” And he quotes from a letter the great physicist wrote to a little girl in January 1936: “Everyone who is seriously interested in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that some spirit is manifest in the laws of the universe, one that is vastly superior to that of man.”

Aczel goes on to express strong displeasure with such people as physicist Lawrence Krauss and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins (who, in his bestseller “The God Delusion,” says that Einstein “didn’t really mean it”) when they cast Einstein as an atheist in support of their diatribes against religious belief...

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KEYWORDS: science
Because it can't!
1 posted on 04/14/2014 3:39:00 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Science can’t ‘disprove’ God for the same reason it can’t ‘disprove’ anything: Science uses inductive proofs, which are incapable of providing absolute proofs or disproofs. Inductive proofs can only show the probability that a theory is true or false, with said probability never being zero and never bing 100%.


2 posted on 04/14/2014 3:44:44 PM PDT by sourcery (Valid rights must be perfectly reciprocal.)
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To: sourcery
with said probability never being zero and never bing 100%
23.375%?
3 posted on 04/14/2014 3:48:12 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: neverdem
No scientist,or group of scientists (regardless of how large of “distinguished”) has ever been able to,nor *will* ever be able to,prove that God doesn't exist.And,frankly,the opposite is also true.However,various sciences (astronomy and biology,for example) very strongly suggest that there is a God.
4 posted on 04/14/2014 3:48:12 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: neverdem
large of distinguished = large or distinguished
5 posted on 04/14/2014 3:49:12 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: neverdem
Proof that God exists was given to us loud and clear on November 4, 1980.


6 posted on 04/14/2014 3:50:03 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: neverdem

When my kids were growing up and they brought home this “Big Bang” stuff from school, my response was that the big bang was in the Bible - in Genesis.

It was the beginning of the first day...


7 posted on 04/14/2014 3:55:25 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: babygene

A Jewish philosopher named Nachmanides deduced the big bang from the Torah about 800 years ago, but, then, the Jews were always a little bit ahead of the rest of us.


8 posted on 04/14/2014 4:06:53 PM PDT by Hootowl
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To: neverdem

Aczel is has written some excellent books. They usually pertain to math and science and are written in a manner that even the those who are not geared towards math and science can understand them.


9 posted on 04/14/2014 4:10:40 PM PDT by CriticalJ (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress.. But then I repeat myself. MT)
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To: neverdem

The existence of God or truth in values are beyond the purview of science.


10 posted on 04/14/2014 4:15:42 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: neverdem

[The most persuasive evidence of God, according to the great philosopher and psychologist William James in his landmark book “The Varieties of Religious Experience” (1902), is not physical or objective or provable. It is the highly personal transcendent experience.]

Take on step toward God and he will take two steps toward you.


11 posted on 04/14/2014 4:24:13 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The Problem of Induction
12 posted on 04/14/2014 4:24:17 PM PDT by sourcery (Valid rights must be perfectly reciprocal.)
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To: neverdem

Lying comes naturally to liberals. That Dawkins is taken seriously tells you just how vacuous the elites really are. Dawkins presents a simpleminded, one sided argument and it’s considered intellectually robust.

I like being on the side of truth.


13 posted on 04/14/2014 4:28:47 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Brad from Tennessee

Exactly. Every sincere believer has had a very personal experience with God. Often it is something that cannot be directly testified, because it is so specific and personal that it wouldn’t relate properly to anyone, but the unique you.


14 posted on 04/14/2014 4:31:05 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: CriticalJ

Wow, the guy is incredibly prolific:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Amir%20D.%20Aczel

I particularly like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Beat-I-R-S-Game-Avoid—Fight-/dp/1568580487/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1397518598&sr=8-8&keywords=Amir+D.+Aczel

From the comments on the book:

Amir Aczel is a professor of statistics whom the IRS treated badly during an unnecessary and unjustified audit. For example, the IRS auditor repeatedly telephoned Aczel at his home before dawn, depriving Aczel, his wife and small baby of sleep. Wanting to avoid such a nasty experience in the future, Aczel used his statistical skills to detect the rules that the IRS uses to choose taxpayers to audit.
He used a super computer to compare thousands of audited income tax returns with thousands of other returns which were not audited. The result is this fascinating book. It explains 14 rules for avoiding an IRS audit.


15 posted on 04/14/2014 4:37:06 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: neverdem

The scientists always seem to fall into the mutiuniverse theory. Why is easily understood. By its very nature the theory cannot be proven. So grant money can flow forever and the physicists need never actually prove anything. A good deal if you can get it. Never ending income without ever having to actually accomplish anything.

Psst. Multiuniverse theory is theology.


16 posted on 04/14/2014 4:48:23 PM PDT by Seruzawa (Get ready, little lady. Hell is coming to breakfast.)
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To: neverdem

Consensus IS science-Algore said so.


17 posted on 04/14/2014 5:08:34 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad and lived with his parents .)
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To: Gay State Conservative
However,various sciences (astronomy and biology,for example) very strongly suggest that there is a God.

I know not a few microbiologists who are serious believers. It turns out that the more you study a cell, the more difficult it becomes to believe that it is a random consequence, Darwin's "irreducible complexity" if you will.

18 posted on 04/14/2014 5:42:29 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (Grovelnator Shwarzenkaiser: fasionable fascism one charade at a time.)
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To: neverdem
Science has no idea what consciousness is, but we all know that consciousness exists.

God is a conscious entity. Since science knows nothing of consciousness, it knows nothing of God.

I do not believe that we are the highest form of consciousness in the universe.

There is plenty of room for the existence of God, and no proof that God does not exist.

19 posted on 04/14/2014 5:47:40 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: 1010RD
That Dawkins is taken seriously tells you just how vacuous the elites really are. Dawkins presents a simpleminded, one sided argument and it’s considered intellectually robust.

Dawkins tries to use science to "prove" his preexisting atheism. That cannot be done, any more than science can "prove" the existence of God. Science is about observing the physical world, and trying to come up with the most logical and consistent theories to explain it.

20 posted on 04/14/2014 5:54:21 PM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: exDemMom

Exactly.


21 posted on 04/14/2014 5:59:42 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

My 13th birthday. SIGH...So many moons ago.


22 posted on 04/14/2014 6:14:56 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

LOL! I was born Nov. 1st and I just turned 18 when he was elected. I remember it was like winning the lottery, me and my friends held a “Good riddance Carter” party and we drew a big poster of Reagan kicking Carters ass out the front door ha ha. Time flys don’t it, I can’t believe it’ll be 34 years. For some reason I remember so much about that year, probably because I just graduated High School which was like being paroled ha ha


23 posted on 04/14/2014 6:29:50 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Wow! I got to see Reagan in 1984 in Media Pa. Time does fly! Sadly, November 4th 1979 was the day our Embassy staff in Iran were taken hostage, my 12th birthday :(


24 posted on 04/14/2014 6:35:19 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: neverdem
In “Einstein, God, and the Big Bang,” a colorful chapter of his new book, Amir D. Aczel maintains that Albert Einstein truly believed in God.

Aczel is wrong. He didn't. Einstein was a monistic humanist. He said he believed in "the god of Spinoza" which basically makes him an atheist. Einstein used the term "superpersonal" to describe his god, and this peculiar term was coined by Paul Carus, editor of The Monist journal. Monism, popularized by Ernst Haeckel, was supposed to be a religion for scientists. Monism is a kind of Spinoza-lite pantheism. Many scientists in those times, especially evolutionists, adopted monism and promoted monism.

25 posted on 04/14/2014 7:52:56 PM PDT by Ethan Clive Osgoode (<<== Click here to learn about Evolution!)
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To: Ethan Clive Osgoode

ya, I pretty much agree with you on this.

But I have a number of Amir D. Aczel’s books and really enjoy them.


26 posted on 04/14/2014 8:13:05 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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