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Writer's Block: Proven by Science

Do you believe everything has a scientific explanation?


Yes.


But the thing is, for me that doesn't make life any less wonderful (or terrible) or meaningful. Which may sound a little odd, coming from me with my bouts of depression and self-doubt, but while I may not always believe this when it comes to myself, I do think humanity has the potential for great things, as well as terrible ones. (Slightly related, it struck me a couple of days ago that all the TV shows I really love have some kind of, broadly speaking, humanist leitmotif, even if it's often bordering on the existentialist.)

I don't think there is a soul in the sense of something separate from the body. For me it's all in the brain, the body's chemistry. But why would that make me or anyone else less of a person, less of a human being? Is my niece growing up any less amazing? Is all the writing, all the art, philosophy and thought humanity has produced over the millennia worth less under that assumption? Are love, friendship or compassion less meaningful because they are the result of how our brains work instead of some kind of non-tangible 'soul'?

This kind of non-logic always baffles me. Why is it the mysterious, the inexplicable automatically worth more?

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solitary_summer
Aug. 13th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Hm... Now that you're putting it like that I guess my control-freakish tendencies might be playing into it. *wry smile*
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