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What's the next best thing to not being able to be 100% certain something does not exist?

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Answer #1 | 28/12 2013 20:47
Of COURSE there are mermaids! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMIsXdoj2vU
Answer #2 | 28/12 2013 21:14
there is no better thing than to not know. if truth should be known, it will reveal itself, it cannot be uncovered. find comfort in uncertainty. otherwise, you will be uncomfortable your entire life. your whole life, it will be a hindrance for you, some deep discomfort that will never let you fully rest. let yourself be embraced by the unknown. to really be certain, is to be uncertain. when you relax in the uncertain, you feel a tremendous ecstasy
Answer #3 | 28/12 2013 20:57
How many decimal places would you like to carry it out to? One in 99.999999999999%? (1 in a trillion). That is still uncertain, but is it rational?
Answer #4 | 28/12 2013 21:19
From MYpoint of view, I think your parallel is a bit flawed, no one ever started a movement or church(and died for it) in the name of mermaids(at least to my knowledge). Lets not go to the whole spaghetti monster argument. The arguments for theism are much greater , more personal, and have a wider philosophic, and metaphysical basis. However you are dwelling on semantics not true "reason" reason does not rest in the absolutism of words like "certain" because nothing is certain according to our flawed unique perceptions, as stated above, in true logic, and reasoning we have to go with probability, even though you are 99.9999999999999999999999999999% sure there is not a ninja behind you, the .111111111111111111111111111111111111% uncertainty does not cause you to panic and get a vest for protection or a body guard lol. So to answer your question, minimal probability, or any speculation based on the relative idea that because our senses are not a 100% accurate does not mean it is "reasonable" to believe. " Man leaps to god, its not a leap of faith, but to"
Answer #5 | 28/12 2013 21:22
This sounds like that teapot theory. I think it's called Russell's Teapot. This is a metaphysical thing, and the premise is that you will never know until you die. I can attest that the Christian phenomenon of salvation does feel 100% real, as I have been in church and have been pushed to the verge of tears by an overwhelming feeling of euphoria. Even though I believe that a man did not literally rise from the grave, I do not discount that feeling of being saved, because the feeling was real. That's where you should base your question - not from logic but from feeling. I know that I felt what many others have felt before me that day. Not to say that believing in God makes you happier or something, and by all means I am NOT trying to convert you to any kind of spiritual ideal. In fact, I strongly despise the church because of its restriction based on (you guessed it) fallacy and myth. But there are things in this world that help people feel happy to be alive, and neither you nor I have any right to infringe on that. That may include God or mermaids, or both, or neither. You can't do a single thing about it from the stance you take. If you want to keep people from believing in a myth, you have to believe in it first, and work your way out logically. And that is impossible, because you have to die to truly know whether you were right or wrong. Therefore, you must not rid people of (what you perceive to be) the monkey on their backs. You have to beckon the monkey forth by giving it the fruit it likes, and to lead it toward the source of that fruit. And I know that you know that very source, because you are searching for it.
Answer #6 | 29/12 2013 00:04
What's the next best thing to not being able to be 100% certain something does not exist? ~~~ The new heuristic is that everything exists! There is no need to reinvent the wheel continually by inquiring of something's(!) existence! Everything exists! The new thought is to find the Perspective that observes the reality! I cannot be 100% certain that there are no mermaids ANYWHERE on earth therefore is it sensible to presume mermaids MIGHT exist? ~~~ 100% certainty is a mental flaw! The Certainty Bias: A Potentially Dangerous Mental Flaw http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-certainty-bias 'Certainty' (= 'belief'!) is the fanaticism, the zealotry, of religion and patriotism, and the toxicity of the symptoms! - How does this question map onto the inability to know for certain that there is (or are) no God (or gods)? ~~~ This question fails from the beginning! Everything exists! I cannot be 100% certain that there are no mermaids ANYWHERE on earth therefore is it sensible to presume mermaids MIGHT exist? ~~~ 'Thoughts' exist! Thus the content of thoughts, exist! Thus all the content of the imagination (also 'thought') exists! Thus mermaids and the FSM and Jesus and 'you' and 'time' and 'motion' and 'causality' and all 'whowhatwherewhenwhy' exists... Everything exists! We no longer need to reinvent 'that' wheel! We can move on, utilizing the 'shoulders of giants'!
Answer #7 | 28/12 2013 21:34
Bingo, that's the point! You can't prove that something exists, then you can't prove that the same thing does not exist, since there are no evidences. To who talked about Santa Claus: You can prove he doesn't exist if you stay awake on Christmas but you can't prove that mermaids do not. Or can you?

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