The Truth, with a side of snide
Here a Proof, there a Proof
Everywhere a Proof Proof.
Well, not quite.
What Constitutes Proof varies widely through the ages, in accordance with evidence gathering abilities.
For Babylonians, the proof was in convergence
For Greeks, the proof was in the maths
For Romans, the proof was in the logistics of logic being able to prove within reasonable doubt or shadow of possibility
That was before there were means and language to be able to quantify huge masses of data and valid patterns, develop predictions and test them, or conjecture at the fringe of the tech possible.
The Alchemists would never turn based metals into gold, but they developed chemistry and the scientific methods of production of chemicals and compounds that spun off all kinds of industries, invention and discovery; but Nuclear Science would – unexpectedly – inside the nuclear reaction chambers of power stations, the towers are being transformed and not just gold, higher ones too. Thus busts the myth of gold as purity, everything is transmutable, and many things are glittery.
From ancient religions that observed the stars to the science of astronomy, ground lens and more mathematics – logorythmes – sin and co, numerical data, pattern runs by squares and cubes – Algebra Algebraic real math not possible without Arabic Numerals, a system of numbers rather than a numbering system. Calculations not merely counting or numbering… Indexing Nurmerations Ruminations and Orations and cataloging libraries or inventory and dates.
Romans never did a census of population, they had inventory of territory, treasury and tribute tallies and engineering maths for Public Works and Harbours all before the advent of blueprints and working from design.
For the Moderns, the proof was in the pudding – puttering around and doing experiments within the limitations of access, and science become a profession and not just what the Idle Rich did as hobbyists and patrons.
For science, there is a method: It is often said that proof is for alcohol and mathematics, as these are really the only areas where proof has any real meaning.
So, anyone can assert or claim anything – they can believe it as purely and intensely and with every fibre of their being – but without proof – more than a weapon in hand by which belief has been spread – it only has meaning to the claimant – and sincerity is not evidence nor it anyone required to respect the claim, only the claimant’s geographically dependent speech government rights granted to citizens, measured by the distance between state and dominant area religion.
Sometimes, to be precise, one has to resort to not only larger words than generally used by laypersons, but the technically precise jargon of professions.
Which is where all religions fall down – utter lack of precise language – everything is methaphor and poetry, emotional and vauge because it’s all made up and non-quantifiable; why they all have the same zero evidence as any other – as well as lack of historically accuracy – ignoring whole sections of the earth and being culturally derived from one another, plagiarism or cultural co-opting. Cultural ebbs and flows, migration as the people goes.
Until it comes to medical science and brain imaging and understanding what is processed where and the context of how and why we experience things. Bio-chemical our brains are quantum computers, being able to consider multiple positions at the same time, until, there’s a decision to resolve.
I am actually shocked that religion didn’t end with the advent of “Inter-faith committees” where religious leaders of differing and different faiths got together saying it’s all the same supernatural, just worshipped in different cultural ways.
then really – it’s all the same so all that killing and trash talking each other for centuries was … oops? Oh rilly?
Then there is this issue of religion vs cult. the working meaning is a religion is something you practise but does not control you 24/7. well. um that is a fantasy – a cult is a small starter group and it’s a religion when it turns professional and continues to exist after it’s initiating personality – Scientology tells us everything we need to know and as L. Ron said – if you want to make a million dollars, start your own religion. He wrote science fiction novels as his day job…….
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