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LINK Believing without evidence is always morally wrong | Aeon Ideas

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Unfortunately, this article does not clarify what would constitute sufficient evidence, or what would be a test for sufficient evidence for a belief. If I get to determine what is sufficient evidence, then everything I believe has sufficient evidence to convince me, and therefore everything I believe is always morally right.

Heraclitus Level 7 Nov 13, 2018
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True. I just thought it was a thought-provoking article.

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Oh lord . . .

I thought I was done with this apistevistY crap.

Mb_Man Level 5 Nov 13, 2018
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This is what all churches call faith.

Marine Level 8 Nov 9, 2018
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Yes, but there are beliefs we all carry that have nothing to do with religion.

@tnorman1236 If they are based on faith ,hearsay and are lacking proof or investigation there of it isn't any different.

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REALLY?
We all believe many things without any evidence (if you mean scientific evidence)
We believe that bills and coins have a value; that Belgium exists; that laws apply; that there are human rights; that Emmanuel Macron is Le Président de la République française ....
And the only 'evidence' we have for these beliefs: that other people believe it too (and there are documents written by those other people)

Matias Level 7 Nov 8, 2018
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"Believing without evidence is always morally wrong" - I'm going to need some evidence if I am to believe this claim. (And evidence is not the same as arguments, which is what are presented in the article.)

John_Tyrrell Level 5 Nov 8, 2018
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To believe something/anything without tangible, irrefutable, empirically tried and tested proof/evidence is the epitome of Utter Idiocy and a blight upon human intellect.

Triphid Level 7 Nov 7, 2018
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  1. Andrew Wakefield and autism
  2. Hitler and the Jews
  3. Pol Pot and economics
  4. Mother Teresa of Kolkata and orphans
irascible Level 8 Nov 7, 2018
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From the late great Carl Sagan.
"I don't want to believe, I want to know".

TristanNuvo Level 7 Nov 7, 2018
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"Morally wrong"? How about just plain stupid?

AnneWimsey Level 8 Nov 7, 2018
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That too

@Donotbelieve . . . And the foundation of religion.

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‘it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence’

It's giving 'Justified, True, Belief' a moral slant. I don't think these epistemology terms work well as moral theory, which I think ought to be concerned with the will, rules/principals, intentions/motives and results/consequences.

cava Level 7 Nov 7, 2018
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I see what you mean, but I still think he was making an important observation.

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I love that expression about the spreading of religion as 'polluting the well of collective knowledge'.

brentan Level 7 Nov 7, 2018
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Yep.

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