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The Big Idea for Saturday, April 13, 2013

"I do not believe that science can disprove the existence of God; I think that is impossible.  And if it is impossible, is not a belief in science and in a God -- an ordinary God of religion -- a consistent possibility?" Thus spoke Richard Feynman, in agreement with other notable scientific minds, including Carl Sagan and Albert Einstein.

In other words, if we cannot conclude that God exists, but we also cannot conclude that God does not. There are indeed multiple possibilities of what happens to consciousness when we die. That is the idea of possibilianism, an idea recently popularized by David Eagleman. We may go to heaven or we all may just be sims. Neither of these possibilities can be proven or disproven, so we cannot discount them 100 percent. 



  1. 1 How Scientists Can Believe in God
    Ross Pomeroy Experts' Corner
  2. 2 What Happens When We Die? There Are Multiple Possibilities
    David Eagleman 60 Second Reads
  3. 3 The Common Character Trait of Geniuses: A Passion for Abstraction
    James Gleick In Their Own Words
  4. 4 Are You a Believer? Take The Dawkins Test.
    Mark Cheney Think Tank


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