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Proof that there is no god - refuted arguments


Here is a collection (only one this far) of my own arguments for the non-existence of god, that I have refuted. I have them here, because I hope somebody will find out that they are valid after all with a little modification or additional preferences.

Keep in mind that any refuted arguments for the existence of god are arguments for the weak atheist position "I don't believe this to be true", but a refuted argument for the non-existence of god does not imply at all that god does exist but rather the somewhat strange position "I don't believe that it is true that god does not exist". To see some valid arguments that god does not exist see my proof that god does not exist page.


Heisenberg's uncertainty principle

"In 1927, Heisenberg proposed a principle that has utmost importance in the philosophical groundwork for quantum mechanics. He deduced that when the uncertainties in the simultaneous measurement of momentum and position for a particle are multiplied together, the product is approximately equal to Planck's constant divided by 4Pi." (Chang, 1981)
It is impossible to know the exact position and momentum of a particle at the same time. It is also impossible to know the exact kinetic energy of a particle in a finite amount of time, which is particularly useful for estimating spectral line widths. This comes in conflict with the ability of god to know everything that will happen. The reason for the uncertainty principle has not only to do with errors in the measurement, but is a result of the dual character of matter as both wave function and particle (Davies, 1983, chapter 8). One can argue with this and say that not enough is known about the dual nature of matter to say this disproves god, but until we have that knowledge I contend that the default position would be not to believe in god.

If I have understood this right particles are composed of a kind of quantum particles which disappear and reappear occasionally. So a photon is only a statistic probability to find these quantum particles of which it is composed. Big objects, such as tennis balls, are never affected by this because they consist of billions and billions of quantum particles so the statistic probability to find the objects at a given location at a given time is 100%. A very small particle such as a photon consists of only a few quantum particles so a single photon can change it's location or momentum in a way which is impossible to calculate. If this is is a correct description of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle I don't understand how god would be able to violate it.

I have removed this argument, because the theist could always claim that it is god, who makes these particles to disappear and reappear. They could even claim that this is how god interacts with the world.


References

  1. Raymond Chang, Physical Chemistry with Applications to Biological Systems (1981)

Additional reading

  1. The Atheism web
  2. Bible contradictions #1
  3. Bible contradictions #2
  4. Does God exist? a debate between John P. Koster and Frank Zindler
  5. The Freethought web
  6. Julian Huxley, Religion without revelation (1967, I think)
  7. Michael Martin, Atheism: A Philosophical Justification
  8. John Stuart Mill, The Religion of Humanity (1874)
  9. George Smith, The Case Against God

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