Why do atheists believe in life on other planets?
Topic: Why do atheists believe in life on other planets?
June 27, 2019 / By Abigall Question:
Don't you think it's kind of a contradiction to not believe in God but at the same time believe that there may be life on other planets?
Hello? Where is their proof?
I don't get this logic. It doesn't make any sense how an atheist could believe in alien life forms. I thought they only believed in stuff the couldn't see.
Isn't this a glaring contradiction? Where is their proof?
They say that it's simple mathematics, but there is NO proof. All they have is FAITH. I thought atheists were against that.
What's the deal with this dumb logic?
Best Answers: Why do atheists believe in life on other planets?
Storm | 8 days ago
Do you OWN a science book? Isaac Asimov wrote some really neat essays on the development of life in different environments, I highly recommend them. Nobody says life must exist, it's only likely given the number of planets and stars out there. No faith necessary.
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I believe it's possible, probably even, but I do not claim it to be true as I have no evidence. Nice try with your straw man, though.
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Its has nothing to do with God or religion. Its using logic to state that as big as the universe with billion of stars and planets there most likely is some type of alien life. The mathematical numbers prove this. The odds of another planet with life is highly possible. Its simply based on odds. It would be naive to think we are the only ones here. But life could be a single cell organism. Doesn't have to be little guys in UFOs.....
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Because it is shear ignorance to believe that there is no other life in the vast universe. The probability of us being close to another planet that hosts intelligent beings is incredibly slim though. Belief in god is much more ignorant. Where is your proof. Some guy said so? There was a piece of fiction about it? The bible is clearly a piece of fiction following humanity to the end of the world.
But that is incredibly arrogant of you to say. You're religious beliefs and disapproval of the beliefs of others just help further show that religion isn't what people like yourself make it out to be. What gives you the right to question the beliefs of others?
Be more considerate. People have the right to their own opinion and yours will NOT always be correct.
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Perhaps it would be wise to not make huge and sweeping generalizations. It is doubtful that ALL atheists believe there is life on other planets. I think that you are confused. I believe atheists think that there is a high probability that there could be life on other planets. "High probability" and "could" being important words in that last sentance. They are not saying "There is without a doubt life on other planets." So by saying "there is a high probability" they aren't relying on faith but yes, as you said, relying on mathematics. So if they are relying on mathematics then there is no contradiction is there? There is a high probability that if life came to this planet that elsewhere in the universe life came to another planet. There are many planets in many other galaxies. If life came to Earth it is likely it came to another planet elsewhere. Please don't make sweeping generalizations though. People who do that are hard to take seriously.
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I think it's more like atheists recognize the possibility that life could exist elsewhere in the universe. I mean, the universe is pretty damn big, why wouldn't there be? I mean, what about outside the universe? There is so much we don't know that it's very possible.
For the record, I am a weak atheist, so I don't hold the belief there is no god, but I lack the belief that there is a god. More of an agnostic atheist really.
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With all the other planets and stars out there, there are likely to be any number of planets that orbit within the life zone of their stars.
There is a precident for life developing and existing and developing intelligence of various levels: Earth. It is not unreasonable to at least allow for the possibility of life developing on other worlds similar to our own. Nor is it unreasonable to allow for the possibility that some life may eventually have developed intelligence.
There is no precedent for any god at all.
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Originally Answered: Atheists: Besides science, why don't you believe in God? Any life experiences? (I'm doing research!)?
How I became an atheist (or - my religious history)
I was born in to a basically non-religious family. I was baptized as Lutheran and just went to Church occasionally. Around the age of 8, I met a nice Christian man who became a sort of father figure for me. He told me about Christianity and how I needed to be saved, and how wonderful Christ was. Of course I wondered immediately - with all the religions out there, how could anyone know which was the correct one.
I attended the Baptist church for almost two years and listened as carefully as I could. I prayed many times, as sincerely as I could, for Jesus to show me the way and for the Holy Spirit to enter my heart - all I ever got was silence in return. I realized that no one in the Church (including the preacher) had a good answer to the question. So I became an agnostic.
As I began to study more religion from that time on, I found myself drawn to Buddhism, especially because of its non-reliance on faith. After-all, it occurred to me that if you claim to know what you know through faith, then faith in one religion is just as good as faith in another.
At age 24 I had a spiritual experience through meditation that told me that if there was a God, it would be much more like the Pantheistic version of God and certainly NOT like the Christian God. But by that time I was in College and studying science and critical thinking. I knew I had to have the courage to apply the most critical thinking to my own experience. I eventually came across the book "Why God Won't Go Away" which describes my spiritual experience as a function of the brain (specifically as a temporary shutting down of the anterior, posterior parietal lobe that orients the body in space and time).
My experience was the best reason that I knew of for the existence of a God. Yet if it could be explained as a function of the brain, we couldn't conclude much from it.
But there was always a part of me that thought there must be a good reason that so many people believe in God. How could it just be a mass delusion? It was when I started reading books like "Breaking the Spell" by Daniel Dennet, "The End of Faith" and "Letter to a Christian Nation" by Sam Harris, "The God Delusion" by Richard Dawkins and "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief" by Francis Collins and I talked to Christians more and more as well as reading the Bible (I've read most of it), that I realized that Christians really did not have a good reason for their belief.
I also talked to Creationists and read books like "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer that made me realize that otherwise rational people (Mormons in this case) will believe anything no matter how irrational.
Mostly, I learned that there were two definitions for atheist: 1) Belief that there is no God. 2) No belief in God.
So, that's where I am - No belief in God.
Can I tell you with certainty that there is no God? No, of course not. But I can not tell you with certainty there is no such thing as Unicorns, Leprechauns, Zeus, Poseidon, Quetzalcoatl, or any other of the thousands of Gods that have been said to exist.