Earlier today I posted a blog discussing why the phrase "I don't know" is so ingrained in American society specifically and just society in general. From this posting, the idea came to me to create a survey to see if people would answer "I don't know" to any questions. I am going to create a survey that can be taken online, asking questions about science, religion, history, and how the world works, that the average person should be able to answer.
I want to see how many will answer "I don't know," or "God did it," or just make stuff up. I don't care if the made-up answer is right as I am looking specifically for the answer I don't know.
The reason I am posting here is I am looking for ideas for questions to be asked. I think this would be an interesting idea to see what people answer, and I would like them to be able to submit comments to an email address after the survey, so if anyone knows how to do that, please get in touch with me.
Well, the obvious one: does God exist? Hopefully, you'd get mostly "I don't know" (in a perfect world, that's all you'd get for this question, but we don't live in a perfect world).
I like the "what came before the Big Bang", as well.
You should ask some more mundane questions, however. Stuff as simple as "what is the mechanism of evolution" and so on. They would give you interesting (I think) data points.
I would ask -
Do you believe in god?
Why or why not?
Are you religious?
Why or why not?
If religious, then what makes your religion the correct religion?
Do you think the people who don't share your faith will goto hell?
How do you think the universe came to be?
How do you think life started?
What is the basis of your answers to the scientific questions - religion or scientific understanding?
Science has debunked many of the explanations given by religions of the world for natural phenomena. Do you think it will continue to do so till all the answers given by religion are falsified?
Free will conflicts with omniscience though. Full omniscience means that god instantaneously knows everything that will ever happen. So no decision anyone makes really matters, because god knew the consequences beforehand.
Of course I have seen wannabe clever Christ-eaters will say that god doesn't know all future decisions, but only all current ones. But that's really philosophical hairsplitting to explain a concept that's completely absurd to begin with.
Leave out the "loving" and you have your answer: a psychopathic, capricious bully that enjoys messing around.
But if god existed, I can't really blame him either in a way. Ever played world simulation games like Populus or Black & White in which you literally play a god? After a while you get a bit bored and it can really be fun to mess around and torment your people. At least for a short time