Today I share a list I having been working on. It has to do with Mormon Absurdities. The goal was to provide a list of items, that in order to believe Mormonism, one must accept these items as reconcilable, if one accepts the official narrative of their faith and the words of their prophets. These items are seen as irrational when one tries to reconcile them. One may choose to believe them but there are explanations or interpretations in each instance that require less conjecture. For example If I’m out in a cabin in the woods and I hear tapping on the tin roof, it’s simply more rational to conclude a raccoon than a space alien. You may still in fact choose to believe the noise was caused by a Space Alien. Yet nearly anyone on the planet would agree the raccoon explanation is more rational than the alien one. But the only reason at all to assume one is more rational than the other is because that explanation accounts for the data with exponentially less conjecture. Anytime you choose the solution or belief that requires more conjecture, you are in fact being irrational. When you take into account a multitude of beliefs or perspectives that each on their own requires more conjecture than other beliefs or perspectives you begin to run into a wall where the statistical improbability is insurmountable. The List is found HERE
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Great episode Bill. What you are discussing that when apologists create scenarios with no facts, they actually decrease the likelihood of their argument. This can be totally quantified mathematically. It is called Baye’s Theorem. Richard Carrier has a youtube video of its application to history. You can mathematically show that all apologetic arguments are bunk.
Great podcast Bill. I hope to pose these questions one by one to my TBM sisters. Fashioned in non attacking, “how do you feel about this”? I may not even provide the conundrum, until they ask me.
I never realized there are so many absurdities.
I love the content. I have donated but not as much as what your podcasts give me. I hope to change that in this new year.
I’m wondering, who plays that song “All the paint is gone but I remain the same. Taking out my issues never healed the pain. But all my luck is gone”