Saturday, July 14, 2007

Monty Python - Argument Clinic

Just like arguing with certain people in the comment threads . . . futile . . .
Some people just want an argument for the sake of argument.

5 comments:

Infinite Glory said...

It is useless. Especially when they ignore science and rely on tiny gaps in our knowledge.

Stardust said...

You rely on the god of the gaps to fill in for things you do not know.

God of the gaps

Again...you have no proof. The existence of god has not ever been proven. Even most god believers understand that god belief is a matter of faith alone.

Stardust said...

From The Freethought Zone

A fairly common example of the god of the gaps fallacy is the argument that since we don't understand where the dimensionless constants in the equations of physics come from, and since carbon based life could not have evolved if some of the parameters varied by a small amount, a god must have chosen the parameters to produce human life. In addition to being an example of the god of the gaps fallacy, this argument is wrong for several other reasons. For example, it assumes that the dimensionless parameters are fundamentally arbitrary. In other words, it assumes that the parameters cannot be predicted with a more fundamental theory. But in string theory, all dimensionless parameters are expected to be predictable (see Internet Physics Resources). Several other problems with the argument are discussed in Cosmythology and Is God in the Details?.

Tommy said...

That's a good clip. Too bad the beginning part got cut.

Stardust said...

tommy, I found the extended version and replaced the short clip with the longer one.