The reversed responsibility response
—switching the burden of proof
BS: “I’m going to need a lot of evidence that the supernatural explanation is the correct one, and I’ve seen nothing.”
What is the evidence for your own explanation?
My explanation? You mean the default, natural explanation?
Yes, evidence for the natural explanation which you believe is the default.
NSN: A couple of thoughts.
(1) The burden of proof is always on the person making the supernatural claim. If science and reason had nothing to say about where morality came from, this would still be true. (Science has lots of unanswered questions. “You got not answer? Well I do–God did it!” is obviously no answer.)
(2) We see morality in other primates. Do they also tap into an objective moral truth? I don’t think so–moral instinct seems to explain this quite well. That is, they’re born with certain instincts that we would call “moral”–compassion, sympathy, a sense of fairness. And so are we.
Cut to the chase. Show me the evidence for objective moral truth.
October 5, 2012 at 9:07 pm
- The reversed responsibility response—switching the burden of proof (scienceornot.net)