Some comments are just too good to stay buried in the warehouse. It was a coin flip between Swarn and Jonathan this week. The latter has won the internet this morning.
Loy—”Was the number zero invented, discovered, or revealed? How does the invention / discovery / revelation of zero differ from that of God? Both derive from abstract reasoning, not directly or primarily from empirical observation”.
Jonathan—”For one, there is no place in the history of the number zero where the claim of divine revelation is found
A lot of things in the sciences, first exist as a hypothesis (which is usually a product of reasoning), then if the empirical observation matches the proposed hypothesis then the hypothesis is given credibility.
Einstein theories of relativity as is many things in theoretical physics were largely gotten through abstract reasoning
Direct and indirect empirical observation and experiment are what are used to validate an idea.
Even in mathematics, because you came up with an idea through reasoning, does not automatically make it correct. In mathematics, the idea has to be proven.
If you want to prove that god is mathematical axiom, then go ahead,
But if god is a supernatural being that created the universe then you need to have empirical evidence
Thinking about it, zero and god are very similar. Zero was created by man, so was god. Zero is nothing, so too is god”
Here’s the comment link if interested https://jimoeba.wordpress.com/2018/10/09/horrible-ideas-inspire-the-most-philosophy-faith/#comment-9722
And if you’re not following, here’s Jonathon’s blog. He doesn’t post too often, but worth the follow when he does.