More "miscellany" (General)

by David Turell @, Tuesday, November 09, 2021, 14:50 (18 days ago) @ dhw

Cosmologic philosophy: dhw said once universe too big

DAVID: History shows what God did. Evolution occurred and God did it. I've imposed nothing but claim it is God's work. Your objections are about God, not my acceptance of His works.

dhw: You have imposed a single purpose (to design humans plus food) and a method (to design countless life forms and food that had no connection with humans plus food).

I simply see God's created history. Humans came last, didn't they


David v Dawkins

DAVID: Both Dawkins and I might hope for findings that support our theories, but I know I'll change if required by new findings, and assume Dawkins will also.

dhw: Of course you will both change if there are findings that disprove your respective theories once and for all. Otherwise, you will both continue, in your unscientific way, to hope and have faith that your rigid beliefs will be confirmed in the future, and any other beliefs should be ridiculed or ignored.

My rejection of your pet theories is not ridicule, nor do I ignore them. Are you pouting?


Strange changes in DNA form

DAVID: Your amorphous thoughts about God introduce a very humanized form who then makes very human-like decisions.

dhw: They are not in the least amorphous: one is an experimental scientist with one goal, one is an experimental scientist eager to learn and come up with new ideas, and one wants to enjoy creating and watching his creations

God is not an experimental scientist!!! God has no need to experiment.

dhw: in this case, I propose that his enjoyment will be greater if the spectacle is unpredictable, so he creates a free-for-all.

God does not need to create His own enjoyment!! I assume He enjoys creating itself.

dhw: Your silly “humanizing” argument has been demolished over and over again, not only by your own humanizations, but also by your agreement that we mimic him and that he probably/possibly has thought patterns, emotions and logic similar to ours.

Repeating my guesses about God as if I think they are factual, when I have repeatedly told you they are GUESSES.


Sensing autonomic activity
QUOTE: Rolls’ study shows “there is a driver,” he said. “There is someone who decides whether to hit the brake or the gas pedal.”

DAVID: the autonomic system runs body processes automatically, but this shows the brain keeps track of it all and can modulate responses. A very neat design. We are busy with our own external affairs, so our internal affairs need to run on their own, but have a backup the brain keeps and automatic eye on what's happening and avoid overreactions. Not by chance.

dhw: Rolls opts for a driver who makes decisions. These decisions, whether you like it or not, are made by the cells. If the brain keeps track, modulates, it is presumably the “driver” that controls and takes decisions. And the brain consists of various communities of cells working together. Decision-making is not an automatic action.

It is if each stimulus has an automatic response. That is the way living biochemistry works.


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