Even atheists (like me), and also the virulent variety, who prize that most evasive of treasures, Truth, above all else must occasionally leap into the vast expanse of the unknown. Is there any law that proves that reductive reasoning holds all the answers i.e. simple explanations are better than complex ones? Can we measure love or justice. I think not. But just because one cannot speak (scientifically) of these things, does not mean that one must remain silent in their regard. I'm sure there are subtle and complex explanations for why simplicity is better and there are reasons offered for how and why qualia matters. There are meta rules that we accept on the basis that they are useful. I'm an atheist because at the end of the day you get nothing for nothing, sitting flat on your butt doesn't buy any bread, OK enough, at the end of the day it feels right, the secular/humanist world view resonates with me. I find it useful to know that I'm not going to live forever. I go with my gut.
I have an idea why I'm an atheist, but I'm wondering why I'm still a Mormon (a post over at irresistible disgrace got me thinking about this). Bear with me while I arrange my prejudices. There are a number of factors at play, my bishop is the man, I grew up as a Mormon so it's comfy, I like many of the values in Mormonism. These are all good reasons in my mind to hang around. But mostly I just have a feeling that it's not time to leave yet. I don't know why I'm here. That's what it comes down to really, there's no clear explanation. My gut has spoken.