Is atheism the default position?

Posted by: Molzahn

Is a "lack of belief" possible? This boils down to theory of mind. State your position and reasoning. Shall the default be founded in Tabula Rasa or Epistemological Pluralism?

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Yes, Atheism is the Default Position

Tabula Rasa, or a similar mental model, indicates that a lack of belief is the default attitude toward mental content.
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No, Atheism is not the Default Position

Mental pluralism dictates that ambivalence is the default position.
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No, it is not. Atheism would imply knowledge of the concept of a "god" - the dictionary states that atheism is a REJECTION in BELIEF of a god

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reece says2014-07-29T16:38:27.6210462-05:00
@Molzahn lack is an ambiguous word.
Formerland1 says2014-07-29T18:28:17.2940774-05:00
Agnostic is default
reece says2014-07-29T20:08:22.9029720-05:00
@Formerland1 A agnostic is a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God.And i don't think that would be a default of an infant because of how complicated that thought process is.
Comrade_Silly_Otter says2014-07-29T20:49:32.2892842-05:00
Still I guess its the neutral position. You don't know, that is what its saying in a nutshell.
Molzahn says2014-07-29T22:43:09.2467521-05:00
"Lack is an ambiguous word." It certainly is - and yet I hear it used all the time to attempt to describe what atheism is. I think it's ridiculous.
reece says2014-07-29T23:02:08.4922484-05:00
@Molzahn If you're going to blame anyone, blame the people that created the definition.
Molzahn says2014-07-30T10:45:05.0064500-05:00
Lexicography is the study of how language is used. Lexicographers compile dictionaries and do so descriptively of word usage, not prescriptively (i.E. Dictionaries don't instruct you how a word ought be used, only how it is commonly used). Most quality dictionaries describe atheism as "A disbelief in God." Describing atheism as a "lack of believe" is a fairly new convention and has a heavily unwarranted bias toward Tabula Rasa (and the like). I reject there is such a thing as a "lack of belief," as described in Tabula Rasa, and thereby reject atheism as the inherent default.
reece says2014-07-30T10:52:18.4262438-05:00
@Molzahn The English language evolves all the time, get use to it.
Molzahn says2014-07-30T11:35:46.6560011-05:00
Not all people define atheism as a lack of belief, get over it.
reece says2014-08-01T09:02:12.4418924-05:00
I didn't say they did;)
FMAlchemist says2014-08-04T08:36:05.3479950-05:00
LMGiG i see what you did there...But you are wrong.
Molzahn says2014-08-07T16:22:31.1989691-05:00
To whom do you refer, FMA?
ehebert2 says2014-08-13T21:36:49.4595363-05:00
Well considered question.

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