Re: virus: Faith, Logic and Purpose

Marie Foster (
Thu, 20 Nov 1997 11:06:30 -0800

Tim Rhodes wrote:
> On Sun, 16 Nov 1997, Wade T.Smith wrote:
> > Science kept the fire going, but religion allowed the priest to charge
> > for it's warmth.
> Science kept the fire going, yes. But the priest's and Shaman's brought
> the marshmellows and started the singing and dancing around that well
> tended fire.
> But if all you want from life is to keep warm...
> -Prof. Tim

The axe falls again. Chop *something* and now we have religion vs
science. Let the battle begin... Both religion and science are man's
attempt to resolve his dilema over who he is in relationship to the
unknown. Both have strengths and both have weaknesses. After all they
are mankind's inventions.

Let me again ask a question. If we agree that evolution has happened to
move us from an earlier version of being to our present state, was there
a point in time when we *were not human* and then we *became human*?

I would contend that the moment one of our prior selves decided that
he/she was separate from the unknown is the point where consciousness
happened. This was the birth of the ego. The first meme. The fact
that it was a wrong guess set us on a path that may well end in oblivion
unless we figure out how to correct it.

If we can not get beyond this first erroneous meme, I contend we will
never move as a species to a new evolutionary level.