How to believe in anything

15 Oct 2010

A YouTube video introduces the "Al-Seraab Teleological Argument" for the existence of a god (which just happens to be the Abrahamic one; imagine that!). The video attempts to show that the argument is sensible; Matt D. at The Atheist Experience beautifully tears the video's claims to shreds. He reduces the Al-Seraab Teleological Argument to the following:

1. I'm justified in believing whatever my first perception is, until proven wrong.

2. My first perception is to infer design.

3. I am justified in believing the universe is designed until you prove me wrong.

4. I'm convinced that the best explanation for the design I perceive is God X.

C. Therefore, belief in God X is justified until proved wrong. 

Very nice. Watch the video for yourself, and you'll see what a concise summary that is. (The man is truly a pro.)

You'll also see what a handy tool the Al-Seraab Teleological Argument is. It's a perfect, five-step process for believing anything

Give it a try; it's fun! Here, I'll give the teleology a whirl, and see what happens. Que Seraab Seraab!

1. I'm justified in believing whatever my first perception is, until proven wrong.

2. Looking at the existence of disease, my first perception is to infer malevolent intent behind sickness.

3. I am justified in believing malevolent intent is behind sickness until you prove me wrong.

4. I'm convinced that the best explanation for the malevolent intent I perceive is ethereal plague vampires.

C. Therefore, belief in ethereal plague vampires is justified until proved wrong.

Sweet!

My thanks to the Al-Seraab Teleological Argument for making my life so much easier now. No need to get all skeptic-y about ethereal plague vampires, Yahweh, the Hindu pantheon, thunder gods, demonic possession, Santa Claus, 9-11 conspiracies, or anything; it's all good now!

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