The Problem with Religion





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Published on Jan 14, 2011

It really is terribly simple,
1) models with predictive capability are of utility.
2) Science is in a class of its own, a process without competitors, when it comes to its ability to form such models.

So where is the problem? These are observations that not only essentially everyone agrees with, but practically EVERYONE eagerly embraces, most notably in tasting the sweet fruits of science, such as modern civilization.

However religion, a model with no demonstrable predictive utility, remains prevalent within mankind.

The bizarre thing is that all these people who engage in religion must realize what a good model looks like as they use them everyday of their life. Convergent models with predictive capability are the good one... the ones they chose to use. Yet still, peculiarly, these folks still embrace religion which is evidently divergent with no demonstrable predictive utility.

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It was religious people who came up with Scientific Method. On the other hand, North Korea is an Atheist state. The point is, would be way smarter if people learn to work together and make the best of it instead of fight each other and make up lies. This is comming from a non-relgious person that wanted to find out the truth in hope to bash religion until it's no more. But a funny thing happened (since my main goal is the actual truth) and I learned that religion being bad is just a silly myth. Here is the thing; if you are one who hates religion or wants it gone, then you are one who (ironically) has a lot to learn from it.
Charles Dahmital
God wants you to be stupid. He put a tree of wisdom in your garden and told you to stay away from it. You didn't listen to him then and you don't listen to him now. So why bother calling yourself religious?
Science is important, but it only answers the question of how.  Religion answers why.
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Dark Enforcer
got an ad of a church lol
This is pretty dumb. This isn't a problem with religion, it's a problem with fanatics  You make so many videos arguing this EXACT point from the OTHER side of the fence TF, but in this case for some reason the tables are turned upside-down? Religion as a concept isn't the problem, it is the fact that people are going to do what they want with it-- and since it is so open to interpretation, it will of course create problems. People want to feel like they are important, like they mean something, and unfortunately extremist religion definitely makes people feel that way-- because of how it is INTERPRETED, not because of what it IS. Also I'm atheist... >_>
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Wait. Half of your videos are about how religion is not good and you make a mere 3-minute video called "The Problem With Religion"???
okay well handover over your phone , computer , glasses , your watch , pretty much all electrical and non electrical equipment , leave your house , go live in a tree , hunt for food without weapons.
Matt Walters
Spelling is not a way of science. It is a way of literature.
My point isn't to make look theists stupid, but to see what they really believe in. But I knew it's a good-evil tree, yet I forgot about it. Anyway, you make a point, I should have been more careful.
Actually it was the tree of wisdom of good and evil, not just wisdom. I'm not defending theology or any of it's insanity, but if you're going to make a god believer look stupid at least know what you're talking about.
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