Saturday, January 21, 2012

An Evolutionary Thought Experiment.

Step 1: Assume that the history of the universe described in the Bible is true.

Step 2: Using only the scientific method, prove that that history is true.

Step 3: ????

Step 4: Profit! (Realize the limitations of the scientific method.)


3 Comments:

Blogger Noumenon said...

How about "Assume that all of the facts described in the Bible are true and that n of those facts left evidence we can discover today. Using only the scientific method, prove that some number y of those facts are true. Use those y facts to construct theories about what where to look for the rest of the n knowable facts. By the time you have discovered all n facts, compare your theories to the Bible and see how close the match is."

This phrasing still favors you, actually, since the n facts are never going to include stuff like "Hypothesis: People who were visited by angels left footprints that persist today". So the scientific method explanation isn't going to match any of the supernatural stories. It could get pretty close to the nonsupernatural ones.

8:18 AM  
Blogger Octavo Dia said...

Or as the good book says, "I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe, how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things." John 3:12

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An Evolutionary Thought Experiment nice post

2:08 AM  

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