I find this point interesting because often this is the claim many new atheists make. if atheism is just the "absence of belief" that proves too much.
I'm wondering if most new atheists would equate this lack of belief with the same equivalence as a rock equally possessing the same lack of belief?
Its an interesting point because i tried this question out with atheists at university and they said in a come back "but rocks don't have beliefs" i was like EXACTLY. So now what we're both agreeing is that atheism is the lack of belief in objects that have the capacity to have beliefs.
Then we have to talk about what a belief is and whether or not we can know they're true or not. The argument for mind. I. e if we are just a collection of sense experiences. .. then what does it mean for that to have beliefs
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I lack the belief that you're actually a student at university.18
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What does the statment "I do not believe in god" have in common with "I believe in god"? Believe. Both are beliefs and that is your first mistake in your argument. Atheist believe there is no god, that is they posit that the statement "God does not exist" as true without empirical evidence. This is no different then positing that "God existst" without empirical evidence. As for you equating non belief to rocks etc, I do not understand the relevence to that unless you are suggesting that belief would involve higher brain functions or it's integral to humanity and sapience which would also be illogical as you have no evidence to support it. As for mind, we are not a series of sense experiences because we respond to experiences, otherwise we would feel sensory input but not respond to it or intereact with it. Its a over simplification or an outright incorrect notion of what mind is. Mind: the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought. Basicly you fell into the trap of supposition of a supposition.2
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