Consciousness: and brain damage (General)

by dhw, Friday, January 19, 2018, 13:29 (982 days ago) @ David Turell

dhw: I would still like to know what other, less important end points you think your God may have had.

DAVID: Beyond the brain, providing a broad bush of life to provide the necessary balance of nature to support an energy supply so the evolution of life could continue until sapiens appeared.

dhw: Which still means that the broad bush of life is geared to the production of sapiens’ brain, and so the broad bush of life is not an “end point” in itself. […] Do you not think it possible that your God might also have enjoyed the bright and beautiful things produced by the process of evolution? Not as a mere means to an end – providing an energy supply so life could go on until sapiens appeared – but as an end in themselves?

DAVID: You've gone back to humanizing God. I feel I know what God weanted to accomplish. I cannot know about His emotions, but you seem to without belief in Him.

We cannot even “know” that God exists, but that doesn’t stop you from insisting that he does. You cannot “know” what your God wanted to accomplish, but that doesn’t stop you from dismissing any hypothesis that differs from your own. You cannot “know” why your God wanted to create Homo sapiens, but that doesn’t stop you from believing he wants a relationship with us (how very “human” of him). But I’m not asking you to believe anything at all, and I’m not claiming to “know” anything myself. You have said you believe your God watches his creations with interest from his quantum hiding place. I wonder why he's interested. Now I’m asking if you do or do not think that he might enjoy all these bright and beautiful things for their own sake rather than just for the sake of their providing energy for sapiens. Possible or not possible?

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