Sunday, January 19, 2014

"Evolutionism" vs "Creationism"

At the core of the debate between scientism and religion is the disagreement as to the nature of matter, life and consciousness.

For example – as you know–  each would have an entirely different way of answering the question which is emblematic of the debate: "What is the nature of the force that governs and drives 'natural selection'?"

Were we to take a more integrated and multidisciplinary approach to understanding life we may have a more comprehensive, and intellectually satisfying, explanation of the questions of how we got here, and how we solve the world's greatest challenges.

One of my favorite ideas is consilience – the convergence of many disciplines into a more comprehensive understanding of reality. Here's a link to a book named "Consilience" which is a favorite of mine.

For those curious about these ideas, there's a number of items which are not usually brought to mind in the conversation between "Creationism" and "Evolution" 

Amit Goswami – Physicist who was first brought to my attention through the movie "What the Bleep DoWe Know?"  

Henry Bergson who's anti-Darwin theories won a nobel prize.

Alternatively - Wendell Berry is an outspoken critic of E.O. Wilson's book  – in his book "Life is a Miracle" 

Similarly, rational philosopher, Thomas Nagel wrote an extremely thought provoking book “Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False,”   

Here's an article which sums up his book.

I offer these in the spirit of open inquiry with no conclusive result.

One thing is for certain for me – neither of the belief systems provided by Evolutionism nor Creationism offer a sound explanation which effectively explains the the origins of intelligent life and consciousness, which really inspires me to continue to learn more every day.

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