Thursday, October 23, 2008

What's Your Box?

There are two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.
Albert Einstein (1950)

Non-material neuroscientist and author, Mario Beauregard argues for the existence of God based on a negative philosophy; God exists, he posits, because scientists can only
explain the existence of mind as "what the brain does". This explanation
won't do. He accuses such scientists of operating within the box of materialism. His perspective, based on research within religious communities, is much bigger. Since not all scientists agree with his definition of mind, Beauregard believes a"cultural war" within science now exists. My question is: does it matter which box you are operating from? The premise that what cannot be explained must be God, seems pretty boxy to me. "God" can be a beautiful explanation for an infinite number and variety of processi, but may also be limiting as humans push to understand themselves, their minds and their Universe. The actual word "God" is ill-defined by humans. God may be a person, a feeling, an idea, or even a set of mathematical patterns that run existence. The ultimate purpose of science is to define and God is, at this point in human history, still a catch-all concept for what we do not yet understand.

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