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Every concept doesn't have to be polarized. To assert that agnosticism is somehow superior to atheism is similar to a believer saying that Catholicism is superior to Christianity. Agnosticism is simply a subset of atheism. Atheism means "no god" while agnosticism means "no knowledge." If you answer the question "do you believe in a personal god" with a "no," then you are an atheist. That said, if you answer the question "do you know if there is a personal god" with a "I don't know," then you are also an agnostic. Few, if any, atheists would claim that they know, i.e., can prove, that there is no god. Likewise, few, if any, agnostics would say that they believe in a god. Agnostics who won't admit that they are atheists may be just afraid of the social stigma associated with atheism.
What we believe is based on what we think we know, but the amount of knowledge necessary to arrive at a belief varies from person to person. In matters of personal belief, all are equally valid. No amount of study makes one's belief superior to another's. Will the sun come up tomorrow? Prove it.
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