Cambrian Explosion: more early brains (Introduction)

by dhw, Thursday, November 12, 2015, 21:32 (1598 days ago) @ David Turell

DAVID: Committees of somatic cells make brains? That is your leap of faith.
dhw: Committees of cells, in which the somatic cells probably follow instructions issued by the “brains” of the community, which you say are situated in the germ cells, your version of the “brains” being a 3.8-billion-year computer programme for all innovations, lifestyles etc., which your God installed in the very first cells to be passed on to all subsequent cells and cell communities. But no, it's not my leap of faith. I offer it as an alternative to your computer/dabbling hypotheses.

David: I'm sorry but I don't see it as an alternative. It strains my credulity. A brain is too complex even in the Cambrian to appear without prior planning by a very developed intellect.

So that's one of three hypotheses that strain the credulity. A good reason for turning to agnosticism.

Bbella: I would have to agree with you here, David. But, as you know, I just happen to believe the "very developed intellect" that planned and created it was an older race of beings that was at one time considered gods by humans.

DAVID: I know your theory.

And it is no more and no less fantastic than all the other hypotheses, but as we have said before, it only sets the mystery back one stage further: what gave rise to us/to the older race of beings/to whatever gave rise to the older race of beings?

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