“A Mind That Held the Stars”

“I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.”

— Stephen Hawking’s components failed on March 14, 2018.

Enjoy the stars, Stephen. You will be missed.

 

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Double Speak

In a recent discussion on a Christian blog, the owner made the following statements in rebuttal to one of his visitors that disputed the basic premise of the post, which was that an individual cannot be an empiricist* and a materialist*.

Materialist explanation fail to explain consciousness for one.  [P]anpsychism*, for instance, is not based on empirical evidence, but on magical interpolation based on materialist thinking. 

And …

This is (a) fundamental problem with a materialist ontology.

Confused? You’re not alone. So I did a little research and came across this video. After watching it, I’m sure the referenced comments will all become as clear as, well, the rose-colored glasses that Christians wear.

(Please do not contact me for further interpretation! )

*Definitions:
Empirism: (philosophy) the doctrine that knowledge derives from experience
Materialism: (philosophy) the philosophical theory that matter is the only reality
Panpsychism: (philosophy) the view that consciousness, mind or soul (psyche) is a universal and primordial feature of all things.