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920Re: [existlist] neurons firing: part 2

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  • Edward Alf
    Mar 5, 2001
      Dustin,

      but that is all there is ... love is the way that we respond to others and
      ultimately it is only the manner in which the brain operates ... i dont see
      it as pathetic ... the word would perhaps be "realistic" ... it does not
      change anything to realise how our brain operates ... love still remains as
      love ... people used to think that thunder was sent by the gods ... but now
      that we know it is only a matter of lightning superheating the air, does
      that change our awe at hearing it crash during a storm ... does a rainbow
      lose its beauty because we know it is due to refraction of sunlight ...

      what we feel and the way in which we interconnect with the world is all the
      result of brain processing ... this does not change anything ... only to
      make us more aware of who we are ...

      regards

      eduard

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Dustin Pickering" <dowotjon@...>
      To: <existlist@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, March 03, 2001 8:16 PM
      Subject: Re: [existlist] neurons firing: part 2


      > I agree here. I read an article once that broke love
      > down into chemical responses in the brain...I found it
      > awfully pathetic.
      >
      >
      >
      > --- jser1692 <jser1692@...> wrote:
      > > I forgot to address this part of the post in my
      > > response; I appologize.
      > >
      > > >where we have run into a problem is that we might
      > > wish to
      > > >force others to have the same interpretation and
      > > this leads to inquisitions
      > > >and burnings on the cross ...
      > >
      > > Indeed, the forcing of one's interpretation on
      > > others is the ultimate problem.
      > > I hold neither religion nor science as the bearer
      > > of Truth. Inquisitions and
      > > burnings on the cross demonstrate the hiddeous
      > > excesses of forcing upon others
      > > the christian interpretation of Truth. While it
      > > would be ignorant to believe
      > > that such things no longer happen, it would be
      > > unrealistic to believe that
      > > they happen with equal consistency, on an equal
      > > scale as such in past times.
      > > Further, such oppressive tendencies, though
      > > tragically powerful, present a
      > > clear front for resistance. Now, would it be
      > > misguided to say that science,
      > > once entirely threatened by religion, now holds the
      > > higher ground - at least
      > > in western society? Personally, I see christianity
      > > taking a back seat to the
      > > findings of this study, that survey, this finding,
      > > etc, concerning the means
      > > for directing one's life. The inherent dangers in a
      > > culture dominated by
      > > scientific (more accurately, scientism) processes,
      > > are founded in my prior
      > > post. Reducing a thinking, feeling, and vulnerable
      > > being to neurons
      > > firing-and all of those other "workings" that do
      > > little for humanity, save
      > > turning it into machines to further the agenda of
      > > scientism- results in pain
      > > and misery on a level entirely different form that
      > > of the christian
      > > inquisition. The oppression is invisible; that is,
      > > of course, until one turns
      > > on the television, converses with a coworker, or
      > > connects to the internet.
      > > What I hope to have related in this response, is
      > > that the criticism of
      > > religion, at this point in history, is entirely too
      > > safe. While any given
      > > interpretation of Truth warrants a good
      > > re-examination, it seems that the
      > > motives of such examinations are, at best, shady in
      > > the hands of one
      > > subscribing to a dominant interpretation.
      > > regards,
      > > John
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