That’s a good point. I don’t agree with the critique,
We appreciate that fundamentally, awareness and life’s “consciousness spectrum” started over a couple billion years ago with the invention, then prospering, of the unbelievably complex organization of Eukaryote cells (some suggest guided by microtubules).
Consider that in due time these cells created colonies of cells that demonstrated a sense of place and order and purpose or the organism would have dissolved into a chaotic blob. Increasingly complex creatures depended, at every step, on increasing awareness, sensing, data processing, physical systems growth & maintenance, internal communication along with improving and refining manipulatory abilities.
By and by, along came one particular clade the eutherians, small nocturnal insect eaters who gave birth to the class of mammalian animals, which begat the primates, which begat hominids, which begat our modern humankind species.
Every stage required new refinements and developments within the complex sensing/body/brain system and the mind they collectively produce - refinements that are dependent on previous refinements and lessons. Your Being is the sum total of all the days of Evolution that went into producing the human form you possess and live through, while your mind reflects the sum total of all the days you’ve lived and experienced.
I believe a genuine understanding of oneself starts with the realization that we are an evolved biological sensing creature, and that our consciousness is fundamentally the inside reflection of your body/brain dealing with itself and the environment/circumstance it is embedded within.
This understanding leads to another inevitable realization, namely that our “Gods” are in truth creations of our minds, tailored by our self-serving egos. Which is okay, if one doesn’t take their God, or themselves, too seriously.
That said, it’s the single sentence that’s most worth chewing on, so far as my project is concerned.
Listened to most of #16 and it felt more like Sunday School than anything, but I’ll hang in there and give #17 a try, seems to me you’ve mentioned that few times.
I didn’t mean the no-brainer literally, I meant a sober intellectual examination:
A sober examination of climate science is easy and clear cut - it only gets complicated when we toss in the “immortality of taxes” into the mix. Go back and look at all the contra-“arguments” (deliberate fraud) and the anti-science propaganda machine’s starting point has consistently been fundamentally, “NO more Taxes” (it’s never been what’s the science really saying!) - that’s what made climate science into the enemy - it’s the idiots war against taxes & the glorification of personal greed - that “we” must stand firm on. Even if it means destroying our children’s future.
With woman’s rights it’s the same thing - it’s a no-brainer to figure out - until the morality of misogynist and control over woman come into the deliberations. Heck just listen to Guy’s creative rationalizations.
EP. 17, 13:15
a transformation of the whole framing process
I like that. I like that because it totally described what this little ditty holds within it, in my experience and I can’t help but think in certain others also.
Attaining a deep appreciation for the Human Mindscape ~ Physical Reality divide.
Appreciating oneself as an evolved biological sensing creature, created by and part of Earth’s process.
Okay, back to chores, accompanied by Vervaeke.
… so we have the two worlds, right? Seriously!
In Plato in the Platonic and even in the Augustinian here’s the everyday world, right, and then here is the real world.
but what Aquinas does is he changes that he says - this world is real too, there is real knowledge of this world possible, this is knowledge that we can get through reason and science. So reason in science study this world this world and they can discover real truths about that through reason through science.
But, this world up here is still somehow more real. How do we do that? Well he invents a distinction that we tend to anachronistically push back on. People before …
…but the idea is this is the natural world that can be studied by reason and by science, this is the world above the natural world, what’s the word for above, super so this is the supernatural world, and this is not a world that can be studied by science or reason. This is a world that is only right accessible by faith so there’s now the two worlds have been made sort of fundamentally two separate kinds of worlds and there isn’t a continuum between them now there isn’t a way of moving through them by love and reason.
United together what now happens is the following and what’s going to happen is the notion of faith is going to be changed to reason is down here and love is up here and the idea for UGG for . . .
This devolves into dancing to dark age understanding, tune.
Yes there are two worlds but the most succinct (and I dare say accurate & intellectually profitable) way of phrasing it, is the Human Mindscape ~ Physical Reality divide.
Nothing to do with Universal Love and Carnal Reason.
Those are the tales of youth, made with too little understanding and too great a self estimation. Factual knowledge of our physical Earth in all it’s magnificence requires an entirely different framing, it’s like trying to hammer a 1934 Jaguar SS 100 3.5L Roadster into a Ferrari Formula One Racer.