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Heavy-Handed Politics

"€œGod willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world
without the United States and Zionism."€ -- Iran President Ahmadi-Nejad

Monday, December 29, 2008

The Prime Question

By Robert Ringer

As religious fanaticism continues to pester civilized people, one wonders how civilization has managed to advance as far as it has. One would have thought that by this time, religious fanaticism and intolerance would have become pass?.

Religion aside, it would seem that the least everyone could agree on is a single, self-evident point: that a Universal Intelligence exists. I guess if an individual chooses not to believe that there is a Universal Intelligence ("God," "Conscious Universal Power Source," "the Universe," "Supreme Being," etc.), there's nothing wrong with that - provided he doesn't try to interfere with the rights of others to connect in their own way.

Over the past twenty-five years or so, an increasing number of scientists have arrived at the conclusion that there is something unknowable beyond science, primarily because science cannot answer the "how" and "why" questions: Why do scientific laws work the way they do? Why do human beings have the ability to discover and understand these laws? If the universe is "dead," how could we have evolved from dead cosmic dust into cognitive beings? And so on.

To those who insist that humankind is the result of one big accident, I must confess that I don't know what they mean by the word accident in this context. How does dead matter "accidentally" become conscious matter - atoms combined in such a way that the resulting mass can reflect on its own existence? Quite an accident, to say the least.

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