God of the Gaps?
Cave offers the theoretical support for the idea of the soul as a kind of “god of the gaps” argument. Since we don’t know how to explain this or that – sensation, or thought, or consciousness – we offer each of those, and others of the same sort, as being produced by an entity, a soul. On that account, the soul occupies the “gaps” in knowledge and consequently is more like naming our ignorance of consciousness than it is explaining consciousness. Is that a fair representation of the theoretical origin of the idea of the soul? Can there be something more there than naming our ignorance of how physical processes produce thought?
Is the world presented by the story “ProMem” a possible world? A coherent world? Whichever way you go with that, why that way?
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How likely does a bright future seem, given Ord’s precondition on its achievement: unitary action by humanity, no material scarcity, no internal – tribal or national? – conflict?
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