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Quetzalcoatl, you are missing the obvious. If nature is all there is how can we rise above it? What do we rise into? Can't you see that that is why I'm saying that Dawkins is dualistic? You and he are explicitly acknowledging the existence of a sphere which is "above" nature

That's not what I'm saying at all, although I acknowledge I could have been more precise. It would be better to say that humans, thanks to our evolution, have the potential to rise above the "short-term" advantage part of evolution. Obviously we are still part of nature and the universe. But we can rise above it in the sense that we don't necessarily have to be purely dictated to by our genes, but are instead able to plan for the future, and build society and culture.

It is not that there is a sphere above nature, that is just the way you seem to be used to thinking of it.

Thu, 15 May 2008 05:37:00 UTC | #171344