Originally posted by karoly aczel
I will try , dear friend.
We have an animal 'base'. However we have been 'infused' with a 'greater conciosness'. (one that is able to question,etc.)
I am a believer in panspermia. IE. that we have been 'seeded' with 'higher' conciosness. The exact details of this 'seeding' are not important at this point, nor do I wish to elaborate on this point ...[text shortened]... hat our larger brains are for...but lets just start with one point at a time, eh?)
Ok, so you agree that humans are animals, but that they're also something more (infused with a
greater conciousness)? Like a hammer is a tool, but unlike the saw, the hammer is perfectly
adapted for use when putting nails in place (and also for bluntly damaging your own thumb)?
Different animals have evolved differently, there's no question about that. But surely the "greater
conciousness" can be ascribed to the human brain's abilities? And like any other evolutionary
development, it just so happened that people with the "greater conciousness"-gene(s) has
survived, copulated and passed on their genes to their offspring. Is it any different from how the
eyes of the cat has evolved to make it easier for them to hunt in the dark, or the necks of giraffes
has evolved to allow them to eat from high trees? Isn't evolution pretty self-explanatory in this
sense? That animals with certain features in certain locations simply survived long enough to
pro-create and so their genetic make-up (throw in a few mutations) lived on in their own offspring.
I think humans are still evolving. Babies are born with different mutations that makes them
slightly (and sometimes a lot) different from their parents. If those genes help them survive in
their given environment, they may pass them on to their own offspring and there you go.
Or do you mean to say that our greater conciousness cannot be ascribed to the brain? 'Cause if
you do, my argument falls flat, and I'd appreciate some detail on exactly how you think it can't be.