[quote author=“cgallaga”]fundamentally there is little difference between a person who believes in a religious system and one who believes in the empirical method.
Well, the one difference is that the person who believes in the empirical method is more likely to be correct about those things which can be determined empirically. (E.g., the age of the earth, the existence of global warming, the likelihood of ESP, sasquach or ghosts, the viability of the war in Iraq, etc.)
[quote author=“cgallaga”]I am, for example highly informed on all things cookery (not kookery) so my depth of actual empirical experience and knowledge there is quite high. But for me to assume my friend the designer who can only make burned toast is less intelligent or even less informed would be a bold assumption.
Sure, he might well be more intelligent in some ways and more informed in some ways. But let’s put it like this: if you have a long empirical experience with cooking, and your friend cooks based on “faith”, you are more likely to turn out something tasty.