LJ 2009-01-02 22:56:00
Sometimes these thoughts occur to me.. Like this one popped into my head when I was pondering the nature of God, and the role of nature in God, while walking back from the shops earlier.. I would post it to AMA, but I don’t think it’s pitched at quite the right level, so..
Here’s a question of those people who don’t believe in God, or indeed any higher power, or any concept of a soul, but who have at least given the topic a lot of thought.
Presumably you believe that human consciousness arises out of the emergent complexity of how the brain works, right..? Or something along those lines at any rate. I mean, if there’s no soul, then you must go with a more technical, scientific approach, and presumably emergence is a pretty good explanation.
But if consciousness can arise out of complexity alone, then what is the world, if not conscious? After all, if the complexity of one little brain can give rise to a perception of self, then surely the complexity of the whole world would create what one might describe as a “higher power”, right?
So really, the hardcore atheists who might try to use emergence as a means of explaining consciousness might in fact be putting forward a convincing argument for the existence of a higher power..
So many ways to attract the “ama questions nobody will reply to” tag :o)