Miscellany (General)

by David Turell @, Sunday, September 26, 2021, 16:10 (27 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: Of course species must survive until the next step in evolution. My point you are talking around is God designs evolution.

dhw: I have just been discussing the implications of your belief that your God designed every phase of evolution! You have told us that “species must survive until God is ready to produce the next new form from them”. And so the process goes from species to species, with each one being prepared in advance for survival. And so I ask: how can preparations for survival come to mean that survival is not the purpose of preparations for survival?

Of course it is, for reasons I stated above.


DAVID: All the result of God's designed instructions to quickly respond to new challenges.

dhw: ... The purpose of something is usually the force that drives the doer into action. So for you, your God drives evolution by fulfilling his purpose of preparing life forms to survive under new conditions.

DAVID: Yes, as one part of just advancing forms into more complex forms until He arrives at humans.

dhw: Back we go to your belief that ALL speciation is “part of the goal of evolving [=designing] humans" and their food, but you are still left with your theory that your God made all the increasingly complex changes to enable each new species to survive until he performed his next round of operations.

DAVID: God's job is to advance all forms to design evolution from bacteria to humans.

dhw: I didn’t know he had a job. I thought he had a goal, and once again you confine that goal to humans, and conveniently forget all the life forms that had no connection to humans.

Same illogical reasoning which demands God should have directly created us. But He chose to evolve us, didn't He?


Reductionism
DAVID: Reductionism will not explain life:
https://bigthink.com/13-8/mystery-of-life/

QUOTE: If the question is, “Can science explain life?” then the answer I think someday will be “mostly, yes”.

dhw: By which he means the physical processes that enable us to breathe, digest, reproduce etc.

QUOTE: "But the deeper question remains: will this ongoing process of explanatory refinement exhaust the weirdness of being alive or the mystery of life that I described in the opening? I think not.

dhw: A lovely article, which I think will find echoes in many minds, whether theistic, atheistic or agnostic.

DAVID: the writer is struggling with the concept of our consciousness without saying the word. But his key point is reductionism cannot give us an explanation of it. I would like to note my presentation of reductionist science discoveries won't get that explanation. What they do show is the need for a brilliant designer behind the underpinnings of life itself that produce consciousness. Briefly, consciousness cannot exist without being designed.

dhw: It’s very refreshing to read an article which refrains from pushing a particular agenda. Your final remark, of course, puts a bullet into the atheist’s gun: If consciousness cannot exist without being designed, who designed the consciousness which you believe designed our consciousness? The usual pathetic answer is “first cause”, which explains absolutely nothing, since ‘first cause’ could just as well be non-conscious matter chancing to form the first rudiments of consciousness, which then evolves. Just as difficult to believe as a supreme consciousness without a cause!

Yes, your agnosticism recognizes design without a designer. Sorry you can't find as way to bridge the gap in your thinking.


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