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by QuantumTroll
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:18 am
Forum: Theology/Bible
Topic: The age old question
Replies: 26
Views: 6470

Re: The age old question

I think the garden of Eden story is a metaphor for the human propensity for evil. It's about free will which includes the capacity for screwing up. Since free will really didn't become a "thing" until over a millennium later, this had to be couched in a myth about original sin. Buddhism is largely ...
by QuantumTroll
Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Theology/Bible
Topic: The age old question
Replies: 26
Views: 6470

Re: The age old question

Not all Christians believe in original s in and not all have the same view of it. Not all believe i'ts imposed upon by ancestors. In my view the terms merely refers to our capacity to sin. We are not born with any established guilt, we don't inherit guilt but just human nature, The New Testament ma...
by QuantumTroll
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:34 am
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: against Physicalism
Replies: 24
Views: 4986

Re: against Physicalism

How do you understand the term 'physical'? We took this up on Joe's blog but without much resolution. Maybe the term has more to do with a form of understanding and analysis than it does with a part or domain of reality, or all of reality for that matter. In other words, maybe it's an epistemic cat...
by QuantumTroll
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:24 am
Forum: Theology/Bible
Topic: The age old question
Replies: 26
Views: 6470

Re: The age old question

My personal belief is that God (if there is something to which that label can refer) can't be overly concerned with human morality. Our concepts of good and evil, of helping your fellows or of stepping on them, of providing succour in hard times or letting people suffer alone, they don't matter muc...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: against Physicalism
Replies: 24
Views: 4986

Re: against Physicalism

Good response, QT. Just a couple of remarks: Even if a flock's behavior is impossible without the physical stuff that comprises it doesn't necessarily mean that the physical stuff is sufficient for understanding the flock's behavior. I couldn't be having these thoughts and experiences I'm currently...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:27 am
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: against Physicalism
Replies: 24
Views: 4986

Re: against Physicalism

Good response, QT. Just a couple of remarks: Even if a flock's behavior is impossible without the physical stuff that comprises it doesn't necessarily mean that the physical stuff is sufficient for understanding the flock's behavior. I couldn't be having these thoughts and experiences I'm currently...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: physics stack exchange
Replies: 6
Views: 1515

Re: physics stack exchange

Again, I don't actually know what you're trying to say? There's no argument here, just a presentation of what some people have said about the language of physics. edit: never mind, the very last bit of that webpage made it clear. You're making an argument that, in physics, "something cannot come fro...
by QuantumTroll
Wed Mar 28, 2018 5:10 am
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: physics stack exchange
Replies: 6
Views: 1515

Re: physics stack exchange

Again, I don't actually know what you're trying to say? There's no argument here, just a presentation of what some people have said about the language of physics. edit: never mind, the very last bit of that webpage made it clear. You're making an argument that, in physics, "something cannot come fro...
by QuantumTroll
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: against Physicalism
Replies: 24
Views: 4986

Re: against Physicalism

Also, thanks for the welcome, guys :)
by QuantumTroll
Tue Mar 27, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Adventure of Faith (Religion/Spirituality)
Topic: against Physicalism
Replies: 24
Views: 4986

Re: against Physicalism

If you accept that even purely mental processes have a physical component, e.g. signals propagating through the brain, then it's clear that whatever identifies itself as I is a physical thing. I don't see how a non-physical mind comes into the process of thinking and existing, at least not in a mea...