[ExI] Worshiping that Divine Blowhard.

Damien Broderick thespike at satx.rr.com
Tue Mar 31 06:53:11 UTC 2009

At 02:17 AM 3/31/2009 -0400, JKC wrote:

>"Lee Corbin" <lcorbin at rawbw.com>
>>The theory of evolution tells us so. There would be utterly *no* point
>>whatsoever for plants to develop feelings since there is in almost all
>>cases absolutely no action that they could take based upon those feelings.
>That is absolutely true, but nevertheless most people, even most people on
>this very list who you'd think would know better, think it is untrue. They
>say they believe completely in evolution, they make all the proper noises,
>but they still think there is some part of us that does nothing but generate
>feelings, subjectivity...Their position is completely contradictory of course

"Nothing but" begs the question a bit (it might have evolved and then 
been partially repurposed), but are you completely sure that just 
because sessile plants would gain no value by evolving feelings, this 
is also true for creatures that gad about, prey upon other nimble 
creatures for sustenance, and even think and plan? And are therefore 
able to take all kinds of action based on those feelings? Oh, never mind.

Damien Broderick

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