>and is not especially true. It *is* true that you have to assume
>"materialism" in order to examine nature. If a supernatural influence could
>change the rules at a moment's notice, then you can never really know
>anything. Since we like to know things and are curious about things then we
>need to believe that the world is consistent, rational and isn't being
>stirred by capricious gods.
I'd prefer scientists who didn't assume anything. It things exist which
cannot be addressed scientifically, that is part of reality. I'd prefer
scientists who took *all* of reality into consiseration.