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C.S. Lewis (via imonlylovingyou)
This is a variant on the Argument for Failure of Imagination. Lewis’ argument is that because he cannot imagine that his mind could evolve in the way it has, the only other solution would have to be God.
There are several inherent flaws in this argument, the greatest of which being that just because you don’t know how something works, doesn’t mean that you must automatically relegate its existence/function to divine involvement. I’m certain that if Lewis had actually studied some academic journals in his time, he would have had a relatively decent understanding of how the brain works. The very wording of this quote dictates that he has only heard of vague generalities about how the brain works, and hasn’t delved into the subject to achieve a greater understanding of it.
Even if the brain were something we didn’t or could not understand, there is no reason to suppose that it was the god of the Bible that created it. There is no link in this quote between the brain’s functionality and its relationship to God as opposed to Allah, Shiva, or Gaia. Until Lewis actively defines what “God” is, there’s no way for him to demonstrate that God is what created the human mind.
Also, the Argument for Very Unlikely Things (or the Gambler’s Folly for you FORMAL logicians out there…) explains that even if the brain is just as likely to have developed the way it has as for milk to spill and make a map of London does that really matter? No matter how many times you flip a coin, the odds are always equal that it would have been something else; same with rolling a die, drawing a card, or selecting a grain of sand. No matter how unlikely it was for that event to happen, it would have been equally likely for something else to have occurred.
Finally, Lewis demonstrates a critical misunderstanding of Evolutionary Theory that befalls most Creationists— believing that evolution happens by chance. To keep this from becoming a lecture in genetics and biology, I will simply say that mutationis a random process, but natural selection is not, making evolution a clearly defined process where the organisms that best fill their ecological niche are most likely to pass on their inherited/learned traits and survive.
On the contrary; recognizing that the proposition of any being (in this case, Allah) has mutually exclusive characteristics (omniscience/omnipotence or omnibenevolence/wrathful nature,) one can logically conclude that such a being could not exist. You can tell me with finite knowledge that nowhere does there exist an object that is both entirely red and entirely blue— the two conditions are mutually exclusive.
However, if one were to refine the definitions of god to “extremely powerful,” and/or “extremely intelligent,” then one would be able to say that such a being might exist somewhere, but still should not expect others to believe in the existence of such a being until such a time as evidence is collected and published.
i believe in god. fuck atheism.
Allow me to tag my post with the name of the group I hate so that I may be sand-blasted by them and appear to be the poor, oppressed, but outstandingly brave person I am.
No one here cares that you’re a believer, friend. We think you’re incorrect, and your vitriol towards us in confusing and unfounded, but you and the majority of the world “…believe in god. fuck atheism” too. So… yeah, today’s Tuesday, the sky is blue, and bears poop in the woods.