Do You Believe?

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Asked whether he “believes” in alien life, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson said:

Well, it’s not a matter of “belief.” “Belief” implies that you feel something is true without evidence. I have a strong suspicion that something is true given the evidence, and that’s how I feel about life in the universe.

{he says some other sensible things as well}

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3 thoughts on “Do You Believe?

  1. I respectfully, humbly disagree with Neil’s definition of belief. Belief is awareness that there are other deep, profound ways of knowing beyond the physical eyes seeing. Unbelief that Jesus warned about was lack of awareness, ignorance due to partial awareness or seeing only with the physical senses!The perception of the heart knows there is more than this physical reality; there is more than the physical eyes ability to see light on the spectrum or ears to hear a tiny portion of sound. Faith is evidence and substance which expands when spiritual senses open and there is more and more evidence! Just my two cents from personal experience 🙂

  2. Thanks for your comment, but I’m sorry to say it makes little sense. By your definitions, “awareness” can really be anything. “I am aware of angels, fairies and unicorns.” No one can prove or disprove something like that, something without any evidence. “Knowing beyond the physical” is the same. Of course, there is much our eyes don’t see. I don’t see China when I look out the window. I don’t see the bacteria on my hand. That says nothing about any “super” natural. “The perception of the heart.” No idea what that means. “I perceive God is the sun;” or “My heart tells me I’m the Goddess of Tofu.” That’s a feeling, a belief (or a simply delusion).

    “Faith is evidence.” How so? Your “spiritual senses” may, once again, range from the fanciful to the dangerous. “My spiritual-sense-awareness-heart-faith says I should blow up that school–the God of that Tree told me to.” Can you disprove that? Gee, maybe the Tree God told him that. That’s where this kind of thinking leads.

    When there is no way to gauge the truth of a claim, we can say anything. “I believe in belief” maybe? “I have faith in faith”?

    I think Tyson has a good point. It’s good to begin with a healthy skepticism and the world may be much more delightful. . .and less dangerous.

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