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Comment author: AndyCossyleon 06 August 2010 09:03:44PM 2 points [-]

Good post. For a question to receive a specific answer, it must be itself specific. "Does God exist?" is not a specific question and can therefore not receive a specific yes/no/dunno answer. "Does Yahweh exist?" on the other hand, is quite specific and requires the equally specific answer of "No."

Comment author: orthonormal 06 August 2010 09:11:44PM 2 points [-]

There are some perfectly well-defined generalizations, for instance "Was our portion of this universe designed in detail by an intelligent mind?"

(Of course, I take the Simulation Hypothesis seriously enough to answer either "Maybe" or "Yes and No", though further well-defined questions do distinguish between that hypothesis and more traditionally theist ones.)