- ikabopo -
2007-06-15 06:37:40 UTC
To think that the human brain and mind are the be-all-end-all of the
possibilities and capabilities of rational thought is arrogant at best,
terribly foolish at worst. A dog's brain cannot comprehend religion,
physics, poker, etc. It is possible that there are concepts and things
going on in the whole of existence that our brains simply are not
capable of comprehending or processing strictly due to the physical
limitations of our evolution. (Visualization of 4-dimensional physical
space is an example of this.)
Also, we have evolved to have only 5 physical senses. But who is to say
that there are only 5 ways to perceive phenomena going on in the
universe? Imagine a race of beings just like us, but without a sense of
sight. What would this race know of light, photons, etc? Certainly a
lot less than we do. There could be races of aliens in the universe
with 6, 7, 8, or more senses, observing things going on in the universe
that we can't even fathom. Again, to think that our 5 senses are the
be-all-end-all of perception is arrogant at best, and terribly foolish
at worst. To think that "5 senses is all that are possible" is
reminiscent of the days of "the Earth is the center of the Universe."
So, just because your so-called "rational thought" and "science" tell
you that there is no God and that there is nothing going on outside of
what we can perceive in the universe, does not mean that you are
absolutely correct. Think deeply philosophically about these things
before you try to convince someone of your shortsighted views.
-To the believers in God, an afterlife, and supernatural phenomena:
You can't know for sure. Not in this life, anyway. You just can't. No
one does. Even after you die, you might not get to know. Who knows?
You can certainly believe, believe strongly, whatever; but you can't be
To use arguments like "Well, there must be a God because (fill in some
argument about order in the universe, phenomena on Earth that appears to
make sense, intelligent design, blah, blah, blah), please take about
5-10 minutes and read something about the "Anthropic Principle." I'm
not going to type a huge explanation of the principle here. The fact
is, we humans are here. Just because we are here, does not mean that we
are here "because."
Not too many of you are exceptionally smart. A select few of you are,
but most are not. You are arguing about things that are WAY, and I mean
WAAAAY over your heads, as far as philosophical depth is concerned.
Please stop debating each other about something that you are never going
to resolve either way. Neither side is closer to the answer than the
other. These debates remind me of the "Got You Last" games played by
Plus and Minus on the old Nickelodeon series Pinwheel. (Anyone who has
seen the show will understand the analogy exactly.) One hundred years
from now, we'll probably all know the answer for sure, one way or
another. So let's wait and find out.
Please post more poker topics, or even stupid garbage like your
political debates. At least the political stuff can yield some
productive discussion at times. Thank you.