July 6, 2010

I KNOW THE ANSWER, I JUST CAN'T STAND IT:

The Dangerous Mysteries of Consciousness: We still need answers. (Ron Rosenbaum, Nov. 30, 2009, Slate)

There's a certain kind of mystery—unsolved and probably insoluble—that has a seductive attraction for me. [...]

I can't get past the idea that they may never be solved. And what's most irritating is when people seem unaware they have not been solved. Or when people who should know better proclaim there are no real mysteries left. Consider, for instance, the problem of the origin and nature of consciousness. The failure to solve it without resorting to religion or quasi-religious "intelligent design"—which offers no real resolution since it doesn't explain what created the consciousness behind the intelligence of intelligent design—strikes many observers as dangerous. Dangerous because it threatens the foundation of scientific rationalism and materialism. Dangerous because it disrupts one's sense of any order in the universe and opens the floodgates of chaos.


So choose order.


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Posted by Orrin Judd at July 6, 2010 12:00 AM
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