The Posibility of Impossibility

Louis_Cypher's picture

"It ain't necessarily so, It ain't necessarily so, the t'ings dat yo li'bal to read in de Bible, they ain't necessarily so... "
George Gershwin

We live with the fuzzy world view. We can’t help it, because we are forced by intellectual honesty to presume that we cannot disprove certain things with 100% certainty. This leaves quite a few folks with the impression that if it’s possible in a statistical or scientific sense, it is therefore likely or even probable. For instance, by the vague and chaotic nature of Brownian motion, it is possible for all the oxygen molecules that occupy the room I’m in to migrate to the far upper northwest corner, thus leaving me to writhe in asphyxia on the floor. The chance of this happening is so infinitesimally small. So small in fact, that I think none would call me wrong or close minded if I assert, “That’s impossible.”

I was in a heated exchange with a lad on one of the innumerable Atheists lists I frequent, he had made a statement to the effect that he had WITNESSED a young boy grow back a forearm which had been lost in a farming accident, due to the power of prayer alone, in a tent show revival.

I called ‘bullshit’.
I also called the young man a liar, several times and with some amount of fervour.

He responded by pointing out that I hadn’t been there and asked “How could I know he was lying?”

I stated; “Because what you described is medically, physically and logically impossible, since it could not have happened, yet you claim you saw it happen, I fairly assess that you are lying.”

We wrangled for a bit as the odor of troll shit wafted on the cyber air, and he finally admitted that he had indeed made it up from the whole cloth. He left the discussion claiming to have scored ‘points’ for showing that atheists simply REFUSE to believe…

If someone were to tell me that a corpse had lain around a warehouse in New Jersey for several days, and had, yesterday, suddenly gotten up and walked away, I’d again call “Bullshit” for all the same reasons as above.
It’s not a more likely story if we remove it in time by 2000 years and substitute Jerusalem for Hoboken.

Call me confrontational, call me a materialist, but, don’t call me wrong when I say that some things are so unlikely that from any rational, pragmatic real world point of view, they are impossible. An open mind is like a vacant lot, if you don’t keep an eye out, someone will want to dump their garbage on it.

LC >;-}>

 

 

Christianity: A disgusting middle eastern blood cult, based in human sacrifice, with sacraments of cannibalism and vampirism, whose highest icon is of a near naked man hanging in torment from a device of torture.

harleysportster's picture

That was

That was a good read.

I am assuming, by your screen name and avatar, that you enjoyed the movie AngelHeart, as much as I did. Smiling

“It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.”
― Giordano Bruno

Brian37's picture

If no one ever observed a

If no one ever observed a gecko regrow a tail, or a specific species of crab or squid regrow a limb, this bullshit meme of humans doing it wouldn't fester.

Our fantasies as a species do not pop out of the air. Superstition is spread and over time and generations becomes so far removed from the influence humans never realize it is bullshit.

It would not surprise me that the motif of "walking on water" came from some human observing the lizard with webbed feet doing that.

 

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Louis_Cypher's picture

Angel Heart

Yeah, I've used the 'Louis_Cypher' for a very long time on the web, it was the first I used way back on the Moos/Muds/Mucks where I first got my feet wet. I actually started using it after reading the book "Angel Falling" from which the movie was made.

LC >;-}>

Christianity: A disgusting middle eastern blood cult, based in human sacrifice, with sacraments of cannibalism and vampirism, whose highest icon is of a near naked man hanging in torment from a device of torture.

Louis_Cypher's picture

The persistence of lying...

Yes, I agree that many, most if not all superstition arose from a real world happening that over time got morphed beyond all recognition. Raising from the dead... could just as easily refer to coming back from a coma, or even something as prosaic as conflating 'spiritual' death with real physical death. Resurection may simply be a metaphor for religious conversion much like the trite phrase 'born again'...

LC >;-}>

 

Christianity: A disgusting middle eastern blood cult, based in human sacrifice, with sacraments of cannibalism and vampirism, whose highest icon is of a near naked man hanging in torment from a device of torture.

Atheistextremist's picture

Yessum

 

Christianity: A disgusting middle eastern blood cult, based in human sacrifice, with sacraments of cannibalism and vampirism, whose highest icon is of a near naked man hanging in torment from a device of torture.

 

That says it rather well...

"Experiments are the only means of knowledge at our disposal. The rest is poetry, imagination." Max Planck