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Both Science and Religion Are Intuitive
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3/25/2016 1:07:57 PM
Posted: 10 months ago
Religion is based, primarily, on assumptions. Acceptance of such doctrines as the virgin birth, the Incarnation, and the resurrection is taken on faith and not reason. Ask the believer for one's rationales for believing that which one believes and he, or she, will most likely say, "In my heart, I know it's right." In other words, the believer's faith is based on intuitions.
On the other hand, science is based on predictions, probabilities that have extremely high likelihoods. Inconsistencies in data are frowned upon; anomalies are not the foundations of scientific theory.
Yet anomalies exist. There are occurrences that do indeed deviate from scientific dogma, occurrences which have extremely low probabilities but occurrences, nonetheless.
As long as there is a probability of deviation, regardless of its likelihood, the scientific statement is, in fact, a prediction; and, predictions are based on assumptions; and, assumptions are based on intuitions. The prognostications of science are merely assumptions based on high probabilities. The scientist may say one is highly likely while the other (being religious beliefs) is highly unlikely and it's completely ludicrous to establish one's beliefs on improbabilities.
The scientist lives in a world of causality while the believer lives in a world based on intuitions. It takes little faith to believe in that which is highly likely; so, the scientific mind is based to a high degree on reason. However, it takes a great deal of faith to believe in something which is highly unlikely; so, the believer's mind is based, primarily, on intuition. The scientist thinks rational thinking is superior to thinking based on intuition. The believer thinks the rationalist is blinded by doubt. He, or she, believes the world is full of anomalies, which the believer calls miracles but, the doubtful one cannot see them.
Having faith to see that which is extraordinary, belief in itself opens the eyes to expectations which are phenomenal; it gives the believer an attitude that veers one onto the pathway of oncoming expectations.
Each of us, both the rational and the intuitive, leads a life guided by reasons and intuitions, explanations for things which are and expectations of things which are to come. The scientists is intuitive in that one makes predictions based on high probabilities. Regardless of the likelihood of a phenomenon, a prediction is an assumption and an assumption is based on Intuition. The scientist may say one's predictions are in no way assumptions because they are based on high probabilities. However, if there is the slightest probability one's predictions could be wrong, then, they are based on intuition and not causality. Because, if an anomaly were to occur, the scientist's defense would clearly be a prediction is, merely, an assumption. The religionist is rational in that one's beliefs are based on reasons. Regardless of the improbability of a phenomenon, a deviation is an explanation for the reason something is. Whether or not the phenomenon is seen as a miracle or, merely, an anomaly, an actual event or one that exists, only, in the imagination of the believer is immaterial. The only cause an effect we see are the reasons we give for that which is. Anything that has yet to occur from the phenomenal to the mundane can only be known intuitively.