General Comments and Discussion – November 2011

There’s not been much activity on the Voices blog of late. Let me invite anyone who would like to post something that might be of interest to our group to do so as a comment to this post. If the topic generates substantial discussion, we’ll “graduate” it to a separate thread. Until then, if you respond to a previous post, make sure you let us know what you’re responding to.

2 comments to General Comments and Discussion – November 2011

  • When animals have nothing to do, they go to sleep. Humans will ask questions and they will ask questions about doing, knowing, understanding, and observing itself. These questions are known as the mind-body problem. Ordinarily,  intelligence is a measure of how quickly someone grasps a solution to a problem or answer to a question that an extremely intelligent person came up with. But in the case of religion, there is so much anxiety, inhibition, and bias that ordinarily intelligent  people can’t even grasp hypotheses, solutions, answers, concepts, etc.  The following quote is from a biology textbook used by 65% of biology majors in the U.S:
    “And certain properties of the human brain distinguish our species from all other animals. The human brain is, after all, the only known collection of matter that tries to understand itself. To most biologists, the brain and the mind are one and the same; understand how the brain is organized and how it works, and we’ll understand such mindful functions as abstract thought and feelings. Some philosophers are less comfortable with this mechanistic view of mind, finding Descartes’ concept of a mind-body duality more attractive. ( Niel Campbell, Biology, 4th edition, p. 776 )”

    The author of the quote only grasps two solutions to the mind-body problem: materialism, and dualism. There is no evidence for either of these bright ideas. Intelligence test: What is the solution to the mind-body problem judged to be true by rational people?

  • A few days ago, I posted a topic  with Christians in Science website in the philosophy section titled, “The Mind-Body Problem.” I made the same point as above: Liberals and atheists have a blind spot about the mind-body problem. There were two respondents, but after about 22 exchanges they gave up trying to understand what I was attempting to communicate to them.

    My response to this withdrawal was a final post where I related the mind-body problem to the cosmological argument for God’s existence. What happened next shows, I think, a lack of integrity in the leadership of Christians in Science. My last post was deleted, but their penultimate post is still there.  I don’t see the difference between this action and book burning.

    In that last post, I told about my posting on this blog. I suggested that the lack of responses to my post about the mind and body is that many scientists are afraid to discuss whether the author of a major biology textbook is unintelligent. Such an idea implies that evolutionary biology is unintelligent, which could cost someone his job.

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