You have of course avoided the point that "fairies" were taken seriously by adults in previous centuries.
I have not missed that point at all, Fresco. There have been all sorts of mythical creatures that people of earlier days supposed actually existed.
But my curiosity deals with the question, “What is the true nature of REALITY…what is really going on here and what can we know about it.”
I have absolutely no interest in any of the mythical creatures…and my interest in gods really is limited to whether or not any might actually exist.
And anyway why not hypothesize " powerful alien experimenter" to account for "the unexplained", rather than "gods" ?
Why not, indeed!! I have posited that exact scenario many, many times here on the Internet and in other writings outside. This thing we call “the universe” may be nothing but an element of an experiment being performed on another level by an adolescent in that sphere. What makes you think I have not considered that?
I discount nothing as a possible explanation for the question I proposed earlier…which is why I do not discount the POSSIBILITY of gods. They MAY exist.
The answer is that you have failed to escape from your present day conditioning and the attractive carrot of "an afterlife".
Why are you saying that? Nothing I have said leads to a conclusion of that sort. Of all the elements of modern religion, the one I probably find least attractive is the notion of a god that would reward or punish humans. The “afterlife” thing is an absurdity…born of fear of death. It plays no part in why I say I do not know if there are gods. The reason I say I do not know if there are gods…is that I simply do not know if there are gods—and I see no compelling reason to rule that possibility out. That demeaning speculation of yours is aimed to insult me rather than a logical consequence of anything I have said or written.
You don't want to give up the promise of that dream ticket, do you, even though you suspect you've been sold a fake !
Nonsense, but I can see that I will most likely never convince you that I consider that nonsense…so live with it.
What better solution for you than to claim "agnosticism"...rather than admit to lack of intellectual fiber.
If it makes your life more tolerable to think that, Fresco, by all means think it. I want for you to be as content as possible. Frankly, I think I display a hell of a lot more intellectual fiber than I see being exhibited by some of the people arguing with me here.