I have been asked by a young Christian believer to provide answers to the list of ten questions posed as a challenge to "intelligent Christians" -- which itself shows the condescending and dismissive tone involved -- by the anonymous site God is Imaginary [which of course intends to argue just that, being sponsored by a "naturalist"; cf the reply site here], and which has been spread across the skeptical internet and Youtube for several years.
|Turtles all the way down . . . ?|
"It seems to me immensely unlikely that mind is a mere by-product of matter. For if my mental processes are determined wholly by the motions of atoms in my brain I have no reason to suppose that my beliefs are true. They may be sound chemically, but that does not make them sound logically. And hence I have no reason for supposing my brain to be composed of atoms." [["When I am dead," in Possible Worlds: And Other Essays , Chatto and Windus: London, 1932, reprint, p.209. (Highlight and emphases added.)]
. . . that "You", your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behaviour of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules. As Lewis Carroll's Alice might have phrased: "You're nothing but a pack of neurons." This hypothesis is so alien to the ideas of most people today that it can truly be called astonishing.