In the Q and A session which accompanied the recording of the interview with Brian Greene as presented over the airways I was hoping that two questions could have been asked in response to Greene's assertion that the mind is the brain and its processes and that choice is merely the "sensation" of choice.
Question One: What about out of body experiences. Although there is no way to induce this phenomenon in a lab, we have tons of anecdotal evidence that it is a reality. People have reported what the doctors actually said while attempting to revive the patient from death in the operating room.. If consciousness is limited to the brain, how can these people do this?
If choice is but the "sensation" of choice, why can we not say that discovery in the realm of physics is not itself the "sensation" of discovery.
Synapses firing in the brain that provide the sensation of choice which, according to Greene is the effect of physics manifesting itself in the cranium, can be seen likewise as the same thing when we claim that the brain has made some sort of breakthrough in the intricacies of scientific awareness.
Why do you not say that physics reveals itself to us when and where it pleases. Our choice of the time and place we conduct an experiement is a matter of only the sensation of choice, i. e. an illusion.
Greene is positing a scenario in which physics acts as a god if not God himself, herself, or itself, in that physics induces in us the sense that we are free but really are not.
How can a new discovery be seen as a human accomplishment if it is physics that is choosing to reveal it to us?
Greene's atheism has gotten itself mixed up with the notion of physics as God or God as physics which sounds a lot like a quest to discover what the nature of God is rather than a rejection of the idea that there could be a God at all.
I think that the boredom he describes as his experience with "church" growing up can be attested to by many Christians, myself included. But boredom in the act of corporate worship does nothing to diminish the sense of adventure a Christian can have when he or she also.discovers a central meaning for one's life that is nurtured in religious community..
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