[FoRK] Terms - Practicing Science: Secular vs. Religious Ideology

Jeff Bone <jbone at place.org> on Sat Jan 12 02:20:58 PST 2008

This would be the problematic portion of this, I leave you to your  
calculators and sensibilities:

"In this model, the probability of God's existence after the evidence  
is considered is a function of the probability before times D  
("Divine Indicator Scale"): 10 indicates the evidence is 10 times as  
likely to be produced if God exists, 2 is two times as likely if God  
exists, 1 is neutral, 0.5 is moderately more likely if God does not  
exist, and 0.1 is much more likely if God does not exist. Unwin  
offers the following figures for six lines of evidence: recognition  
of goodness (D = 10), existence of moral evil (D = 0.5), existence of  
natural evil (D = 0.1), intranatural miracles (prayers) (D = 2),  
extranatural miracles (resurrection) (D = 1), and religious  
experiences (D = 2)."


On Jan 11, 2008, at 11:06 PM, Jef Allbright wrote:

> On 1/11/08, Jef Allbright <jef at jefallbright.net> wrote:
>> This maps quite nicely onto Bayes Theorem.  I'd be very interested in
>> knowing how a devout Christian would deal with Bayes.  [Quick google
>> didn't turn up anything relevant.]
> Ah yes, and with a name like Unwin, you'd think he'd be on *our* side:
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_D._Unwin>
> <http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=what-is-bayess-theorem- 
> an&print=true>
> <http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=000E350F-2F66-10CF- 
> AD3D83414B7F0000&print=true>
> - Jef
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