Thursday, January 26, 2006
Daniel Dennett has some choice reprimands for all believers out there:
Why does our craving for God persist? It may be that we need it for something. It may be that we don't need it, and it is left over from something that we used to be. There are lots of biological possibilities.
I certainly don't believe in the soul as an enduring entity. Our brains are made of neurons, and nothing else. Nerve cells are very complicated mechanical systems. You take enough of those, and you put them together, and you get a soul. (This comment was preceded by a strategically placed Ugh!)
Love can be studied scientifically, too. (Oh, yeah?) How about if we study hatred and fear? Don't you think that would be worthwhile?
When asked if he visits the church,
Sometimes I go to church for the music. Churches have given us great treasures. Whether that pays for the harm they have done is another matter.
Another evolutionary darling. (No, not that way!)