I have a dorm floor meeting soon, chess club, then bed, so I'll keep today's post brief. I would like to quickly touch on "argumentum ad ignorantiam" (aka argument from ignorance or argument from personal incredulity). When a theist makes some kind of fallacious claim, this fallacy (if present) is usually the first one I point out in their argument. What does it mean to call someone ignorant? Nowadays the term "ignorant" has a strong derogatory connotation. However, to me, the word simply means a lack of knowledge. There are many scholastic fields in which I would say I am ignorant of. For example; Astronomy, Plant Sciences, African and Asian History, Art History, and Women's Studies, just to name a few. If I call someone ignorant it's not meant to be mean, but rather to point out the fact that you are lacking knowledge in some area. Now what does this have to do with religious claims? A common argument for the existence of a god or gods (very similar to the argument from design) goes something like:
- The universe is so complicated and vast.
- I don't know how this universe could have come into existence by any other means but a god or gods.
- Therefore this god or gods must exist.
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