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Offline magicmiles

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Re: What do you mean by "Atheist"?
« Reply #58 on: May 25, 2013, 09:33:56 PM »
No, your question assumes a deliberateness of purpose.  Natural processes that lead us to have hard-wired instincts are no different, in principle, from ones that don't.

Does that suggest that at some point in early human brains there was no instinct to seek answers? That seems unlikely.
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Re: What do you mean by "Atheist"?
« Reply #59 on: May 25, 2013, 10:09:36 PM »
I don't know.  Does it mean that?

The specific point in time at which our ancestors acquired that trait is sort of beside the point.
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Re: What do you mean by "Atheist"?
« Reply #60 on: May 25, 2013, 10:18:25 PM »
I don't know either, but I find it interesting. Anyway, off topic. Good thing I started the thread.
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Re: What do you mean by "Atheist"?
« Reply #61 on: May 26, 2013, 06:04:19 AM »
^^ Who did the hard-wiring mentioned in the House quote?

Coincidence and luck.

It seems to assume a deliberateness of purpose.

It only does seem that way because you're a theist. It's called "bias".
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Re: What do you mean by "Atheist"?
« Reply #62 on: May 28, 2013, 01:37:46 PM »
No, your question assumes a deliberateness of purpose.  Natural processes that lead us to have hard-wired instincts are no different, in principle, from ones that don't.

Does that suggest that at some point in early human brains there was no instinct to seek answers? That seems unlikely.

Actually the concept of "why?" is the core of sapience. However if you watch an ape, dog, or cat, seeking out the source of an unusual smell or noise...you are looking at the very primitive instinctual origins of "why?"
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