I don't favor materialist alternatives. I am content with null hypothesis. Everything else is just believing whatever you think.
Ray: Nope. That's not how the game is played--at least in science. One cannot believe in the chance comparison and do science, because, then, you've lost your measuring stick.
Rejecting chance is how one supports a hypothesis. Failing to reject chance usually means that one did the study wrong.
Just as accepting the null hypothesis violates the rules of science, believing in nothing violates procedures in philosophy.
"Can one believe in nothing?" Here's what google says:
No - because believing in “nothing” itself amounts to believing the fact that you do not believe in “nothing”. ... Going a step further it is “DEATH” - which translates into non belief in everything or belief in nothing.
I don't know how one can accept "nothing" as a component of one's belief structure--but then, I'm not a philosopher.