Quercus wrote:The philosopher in me (who I will freely admit, is not a very advanced philosopher) leans very strongly away from this from this form of dualism - I see no evidence that the mind and soul are more than abstractions of the workings of the entirely physical brain; but rather than finding this worldview bleak I find it the most astonishingly beautiful idea I have ever encountered. We are part of a universe that spontaneously generates conscious, sentient minds: that's one hell of a trick for a few physical laws and a healthy portion of time to pull off.
Meh. I don't go for dualism. The term "soul" has no meaning for me beyond the mind.
And "spontaneously generates" is...perhaps not the best term to describe it. Sure, life and intelligence are awesome, but complex things arise in nature all the time. And of course, we would necessarily have to exist in a place where intelligent life arose, so it's sort of a massive sampling bias.
ahammel wrote:speising wrote:I have a hard time understanding how someone can believe in Adam and Eve (=> creation, not evolution) and at the same time in random mutation (=>change over time).
It helps to completely misunderstand what "evolution" means.
Basically this. If you grow up in the sort of culture that's all creationist, you're constantly taught a straw man version of what evolution is. It's...something of a terrible parody that could only actually be believed by complete idiots. If you can find them without paying money for them, I suggest watching videos put out by the Creation Institute and it's kin(they're all interrelated, it's a fairly small network behind it all), to get a full dose of facepalm worthy material.
morriswalters wrote:Using the phrase "poor retard" is offensive in the extreme.
Having grown up in such a culture, and having been taught that, and having to deal with the resulting utter lack of knowledge upon reaching college, I find the comparison to a mental handicap most apt.