This site is not maintained. Click here for the new website of Richard Dawkins.

Comment

← The Dissent Of Darwin - The World Of Richard Dawkins

Artful_Dodger's Avatar Jump to comment 34 by Artful_Dodger

So is it your assertion that universal physical laws would not exist if there was no'one around to perceive them?


On the contrary. My point (which you now seem to accept) is that universal physical laws WERE in place before anyone was around to observe them, and would therefore exist even if they could not be perceived by anyone. The law of gravity (to name but one) certainly existed before any human being was around to record it or even feel it. There are many laws which are in force as we speak but which have not been identified, and maybe never will.

Naturally a "sentence" being formulated by a conscious agent will register its presence somehow or other on the brain. But the sentence does not reside in the brain. No amount of neurosurgery could extract sentences or memories or thoughts from the subject. We may be able to detect the signals, but not find the thoughts themselves.

Thu, 15 May 2008 06:44:00 UTC | #171380