RE: virus: Technology (was manifest science)

Joe E. Dees (
Fri, 4 Jun 1999 22:17:36 -0500

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> There seems to be almost no truly free will. You are far more
> genetically preprogrammed than you would credit. Go back and reread the
> earlier thread about the GodModule (an excerpt is included below). For
> example, there is no way for a human being operating without aids to
> generate an "unpredictable series of numbers". Current thinking is that
> much less than 30% of what you are is determined by environment. Bear in
> mind that what you absorb from the environment is preconditioned by the
> pathways of your mind.
> And IMO the entire spewing that people are more than the sum of their
> parts is completely unfounded and no better than wishful thinking. If
> people want to assert things like that in a "logical and rational"
> environment, they need to found there statements. I watch with interest.
> That said, I think that we are far better defined by the people we
> remember and the way people remember us than we are by the elements that
> define our physical presence. Confusing isn't it?
Check out emergent materialism.
> TheHermit
> Excerpt from "re virus: God Module" 1999/03/31
> E.O. Wilson teaches zoology at
> Harvard and created and named the field of sociobiology. He has
> compressed
> its underlying premise into a single paragraph. "Every human brain," he
> says, "is born not as a blank tablet (a tabula rasa) waiting to be
> filled in
> by experience but as 'an exposed negative waiting to be slipped into
> developer fluid.' You can develop the negative well or you can develop
> it
> poorly, but either way you are going to get precious little that is not
> already imprinted on the film. The print is the individual's genetic
> history, over thousands of years of evolution, and there is not much
> anybody
> can do about it." Furthermore, says Wilson, genetics determine not only
> things such as temperament, role preferences, emotional responses, and
> levels of aggression, but also many of our most revered "moral" choices,
> which are not choices at all in any free-will sense but tendencies
> imprinted
> in the hypothalamus and limbic regions of the brain, a concept expanded
> upon
> in 1993 in a much-talked-about book, The Moral Sense, by James Q. Wilson
> (no
> kin to Edward O.).