Consciousness: and brain damage (General)

by dhw, Monday, January 15, 2018, 14:11 (275 days ago) @ David Turell

dhw: The brain/skull then reached a size at which further expansion would have caused anatomical problems (as you said yourself, an infinitely expanding brain/skull is the stuff of science fiction).

DAVID: Taking my comment about science fiction brains out of original context doesn't help you. Our current brain was God's goal.

dhw: Are you now saying that the brain could expand indefinitely, and you can imagine humans with elephant-sized heads?

DAVID: No, we have reached God's goal. You are supporting my view.

You agree that sapiens’ brain could not expand any more, and so complexification took over from expansion. I’m afraid I can’t see why that should mean your God’s purpose in creating billions of life forms (including hominids and hominins), lifestyles and natural wonders was to produce the brain of Homo sapiens. No, I am not supporting your view.

dhw: If God exists, it is perfectly feasible that he created the evolutionary mechanisms I have described. I am challenging your personal reading of your God’s mind and your interpretation of how he might have used evolution. The fact that you always think of God does not give your hypothesis any more credibility than mine.

DAVID: I believe in my hypothesis, which means I'm convinced God exists. He is not credible to you.

Being convinced that God exists does not give you exclusive access to your God’s mind. It is perfectly possible to believe in God and to believe that he purposefully created a mechanism which allowed for all life forms to develop as they have done, in an ever changing spectacle of wonders, including but not confined to the brain of Homo sapiens.


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