A sampling of my blog posts on God and religion:
My comment on FB: THERE ARE ONLY TWO FUNDAMENTAL HYPOTHESES: AND ONLY ONE OF THEM IS TRUE.
The basic philosophical question is this: Whether we (as individuals) have arisen from inanimate matter or we are "souls" (non-material) which have "entered" into a material body. If the latter is true, then matter is merely a vessel for the non-material soul. Matter is mere 'maya'.
CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE FOR ONE OF THESE HYPOTHESES: WE ARE A PRODUCT OF CHEMICAL REACTIONS OF INANIMATE MATTER. THE SOUL HYPOTHESIS IS TOTALLY FALSE
1) If we were a soul, it was not necessary for our body to have the shape and structure of an animal. That we are animals is 100 per cent clear: from DNA in the cells, our digestive system and its unpleasant products, and a range of bodily ailments. If we were souls, there was no need to create this highly defective body. Instead, an elegant "pure energy"-based model would have suited best: a body that never wore out, never required food, water, etc.
2) If we were a soul, there was no need to wait 14 billion years before entering into a suitable "body". We could have created a body immediately. And this 14 billion years was full of risks of non-existence. There were thousands of random events during these 14 billion years which could have wiped out our ancestors, leaving us with no "vessel" to enter into. No material body. Just 75,000 years ago, the entire humanity had come down to 5000 individuals. Why take such risks – of non-existence of suitable bodies – if we were actually souls?
3) If we were a soul, there was no need to have cockroaches and flies. With a soul foundation, what we would be doing is soul-games, i.e. finding who is a good soul and who is bad. This game of souls didn't need an independent life form – of cockroaches – that lived independently of us. Life would be like a virtual reality game.
4) Apart from these obvious truisms, EVERYTHING in our body, cells, atoms, points to a MATERIAL basis. We are matter, 100 per cent. All interactions are molecular, and chemical (i.e. not nuclear/fusion, but possibly some quantum interactions in the brain cells).
Sorry, folks, there is NO SOUL. Get over it.
Be happy to be alive in a time of great progress. But also be clear that life has NO intrinsic meaning. We have to give it meaning, ourselves.
Also be clear that there is no video camera operating in God's control room which records all your thoughts/ actions. You are NOT going to be rewarded/punished in any after life (there is NONE).
You will, however, get just deserts in this life – subject to random variation.
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