25579RE: [energyresources] Reply to Steve. Was: Ted Trainer on Solar Hydrogen
- Nov 21, 2002Steve Morningthunder wrote:
>>>I think it is one of the most simple minded books that I haveever read.<<< (The Spirit in the Gene)
>>>It bases its reductionist thinking fully and solely on thepremise that metaphysics is gene inspired fantasy, assuming the
entirety of life to be simply from the propensity of genes to
propagate. That is an unsubstantiated silliness to me, which
only the true-blue scientific materialists can accept because
they are too fearful to step beyond what they hold to be
"provable" by their narrow methods.<<<
Steve, your philosophy seems to be based entirely on
metaphysics. That is fine for the mystical but science must deal
in the real world, not in mysticism. Whether or not there is
something more out there is beside the point. The point is, the
world of physical science and evolution must proceed upon
physical facts, not mystical fantasy. Homo sapiens may possess a
soul but we behave entirely like animals and our biological past
confirms that fact.
I think what pisses you off so much about this book is the very
subject matter of it. That is, the mysticism we find in
ourselves is actually genetically driven. To say that mysticism
is a Darwinian adaptation is a pill far too bitter for any
mystic to swallow.
To quote a book on Yoga by some Indian Guru, babbling about God
and the mystical, when discussing scientific biology and the
future of the species is the epitome of absurdity.
I know, you and Bill are true mystics and think any book that
paints mysticism as being genetically driven is simple minded.
Science however has another opinion. That opinion is that
mysticism plays a very large part in the behavior of Homo
sapiens and that fact has affected past fortunes and will affect
our destiny enormously.
Mysticism must be placed under the glaring lamp of science and
examined for the true effect it has upon mankind, but not for
the gods and miracles it might encompass.
Other titles Morrison considered before deciding on The Spirit
in the Gene:
Habitat holocaust: Strong religious conviction and tribal
loyalty insures maximum numbers of healthy children.
Origins of religion: Evidence that human spirituality, delusions
and invincibility and ethnic superiority has been leading to
Wounded Earth: Religious justification of agriculture-driven
True believers: The genetic origin of religion, racism, and
economic rationalization as basis of human population explosion
and its unconscionable environmental consequences.
Excalibur: Anthropocentrism as evolutionary strategy.
Steve Quotes his Yoga Guru:
"It is evident that however much we may analyse the physical and
sensible, we cannot by that means arrive at the Knowledge of the
Self or of ourselves or of that which we call God. The
telescope, the microscope, the scalpel, the retort and alembic
cannot go beyond the physical, although they may arrive at
subtler and subtler truths about the physical. If then we
confine ourselves to what the senses and their physical aids
reveal to us and refuse from the beginning to admit any
other reality or any other means of knowledge, we are obliged to
conclude that nothing is real except the physical and that there
is no Self in us or in the universe, no God within and without,
no ourselves even except this aggregate of brain, nerves and
body. But this we are only obliged to conclude because we have
assumed it firmly from the beginning and therefore cannot but
circle round to our original assumption."
Aurobindo; The Synthesis of Yoga -The Status of Knowledge, pg.
In a sense, the whole of creation may be said to be a movement
between two involutions, Spirit in which all is involved and out
of which all evolves downward to the other pole of Matter,
Matter in which also all is involved and out of which all
evolves upward to the other pole of Spirit.
--Aurobindo, "The Life Divine"
- So let us recognize human mysticism for what it really is: the rusting Excalibur of our species, an old and vital streak of genetic madness that once rescued our kind from the brink of extinction, took us to the stars, and will run us through with due dispatch when our little play is done. Ultimately, I have no real argument with mysticism, nor even with the fear and ignorance on which it feeds. The frail, the fearful, and the foolish�these are my kind of animals.
Reg Morrison, last paragraph in �The Spirit in the Gene�.
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