The God Delusion and The Human Being Delusion
Richard Dawkins's should be congratulated on his new book. I particularly relish the
argument that if you need a God to
create the universe, not only do you need a 'GodGod' to create God but creating God would be much
more tricky than creating the universe, creating the GodGod would be even worse, and it
does not stop there.
As I am sure Dawkins would admit, if there is a weakness in the challenge to religion made
by science it is that science
is still encumbered with almost as much believing as religion. At the coal face in immunology
I often wonder whether my colleagues have forgotten to bring the incense to go with their
intonations. And there is a scientific belief that perhaps even outdoes the God Delusion - the
Almost all scientists, apparently including Dawkins, believe in something that could be called
a 'sentient human being', despite the
fact that William James pointed out 100 years ago that such a suggestion is incompatible with science,
or even with rational thought. The reasons are given on the linked webpages.
Very briefly, human beings are colonies of cells and everything we know about these cells is that
they have separate inputs of information about the world. They cannot have combined sentience for
information that is only available to one or other of them. They
could only be sentient separately. And there is no published reason why this should not be the case
(to my knowledge) however surprising this might at first appear.
I would suggest that to get a full perspective on the God Delusion it may be handy to see the
full absurdity of the Human Being Delusion; they may be closely linked.
Jonathan Edwards: email@example.com