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If aliens are religious should we believe in their God because of their technological superiority?

asked Dec 16 '11 at 11:06

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Stanley Owens

edited Dec 17 '11 at 01:46

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I was tempted to "ding" this question because of the mention of alien beings, but, in fact, the question is a reasonable hypothetical.

(Dec 17 '11 at 10:37) John Paquette ♦ John%20Paquette's gravatar image

No. We should not believe in anything unless we have identified facts in reality that prove it is true. The fact that the hypothetical alien race you ask about is technologically superior to us does not prove (or even suggest) the existence of their god. The premise behind your question appears to be a logical fallacy: the appeal to authority. Essentially you are saying, "hey, they are really smart and they believe in this god, so we should too."

Objectivist ethics holds that rationality is the primary virtue. This virtue requires using reason as one's only source of knowledge, and the rejection of all arbitrary or mystical claims to knowledge. Independence is another virtue of the objectivist ethics, which requires, among other things, that one strive to understand reality oneself rather than accepting allegations "second-hand" from others. For these reasons, and many others I have not listed, Objectivism rejects appeals to authority.

answered Dec 17 '11 at 09:22

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edited Dec 17 '11 at 09:35

Eric is on the money. For us to accept the existence of the alien God would be a case of believing something just because someone else does. That's a case of intellectual dependence -- a major vice according to Objectivism.

(Dec 17 '11 at 10:35) John Paquette ♦ John%20Paquette's gravatar image

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