I understand your point. But again I have to ask, how would you compare your own atheism with what Thomas Nagel says? That he doesn't want God to exist. What's your philosophical position on his blunt honesty about it? How does his philosophy compare with your own?<quoted text>
I don't consider proof beyond a reasonable doubt to be the same as 100% certainty. The latter is impossible because of error bars. The former is a better than, say, 5 standard deviation signal.
No, I am looking for the simplest testable theory. To bring in a supernatural is to bring in a host of factors unnecessary for any explanation without actually providing testability. If you provide a *testable* theory of the supernatural, I am more than willing to look at it and test it. In particular, the tests have to be such that if your theory is *wrong*, we can tell via the tests.
Oh, here's a joke you might enjoy.
Question: What do you get when you cross a Jehovah's Witness with an atheist?
Answer: Somebody who knocks on your door for no apparent reason.:D