"This is a great jumping-off point for larger philosophical discussions."
-Scientist/writer in denial of reality
There is no jumping off point. Stop being stupid.
I have provided proof for my claims. Proof doesn't seem to mean much to anybody these days. What's wrong with my attempting to get *LITERALLY ANYONE* to give one good reason I am wrong, and nobody raises a peep?So WHO'S running away? There is nothing illogical or faulty about requiring proof of extraordinary claims and even for the mundane claims. Usually, such a mental state is termed Agnosticism when dealing with the supernatural and healthy skepticism when dealing with the mundane. Consider the situation where two people view the moon. One sees a perfect, slivery orb, shimmering with warm romance. The other sees a barren, cold satellite that reflects sunlight. Both perceptions reflect beauty; only one perception reflects reality from measured experiment. However, we all know from callow youth that on a pleasant Summer's night, romance by the light of the moon surpasses reality.
Okay, I appreciate your taking the time to respond, and if that's your answer then that's your answer.Proof to me is something tangible that can be measured, touched, i.e: detectible by human senses either directly or with tools. Any proof so obtained must be verifiable by independent experiments/observations. Any facts/rules/laws derived must be changeable based upon new data/evidence/experiments. Recall the biblical story of "Doubting Thomas"; that's my approach. Consider that String Theory is mathematically consistent, but String Theory has not been demonstrated experimentally; thus, on that I'm Agnostic. As for GR, the Universe may very well be infinite, but as far as human survival goes it's the geometrically flat portion of the Universe where we exist that demands our attention/comprehension. Consequently, the Universe's infinity is an Agnostic variable. P.S.: I can't tell you if your proofs are "right or wrong": I have no insight. I simply delineated my methodology for any belief. Unless an opinion/theory/ concept can be experimentally proved and independently verified, it's kept at "arms length". Neither I nor others like me are "running away". OK then. I have to be "bitten in the butt" by facts before I believe. Yep! I'm an example of "Ye of little faith".