- Perspective is everything and something that can’t be programmed into computers…it has to do with colors and that, “Color is not an object of sight but a way of seeing things,”
- Fundamentalism fails again…
- Given the recent discussion regarding ‘mystery’ number 3 is pertinent…
- Divine origins of music?
Could a naturalistic narrative alone have done the same? I don’t think so. Understand what is being said. No one is saying atheists have never composed music or written songs. No one is saying atheists don’t like music. No one is saying there are no atheist musicians or singers. Please, everyone just calm down. What is being said is that it is very difficult to see how music or song, as we know it today, would have ever arisen from a naturalistic narrative given that: “If you remove the spiritual and metaphysical aspects from the history of song, there isn’t much left.”
Which may explain why “atheists don’t have no songs”…I would imagine there must be quite a bit of cognitive dissonance for the atheist who loves music and song (and has thought about it deeply in light of his world-view) and if you want to know if the narrative/world-view you inhabit is true or not, just look and see if it has ever produced anything as beautiful as the blues, or jazz, or “soul” music, or Bach, or Gregorian chant, or scales, or notation, or music theory. Walk into an inner city African-American church or one in the rural south and ask yourself if your narrative could have produced the music you hear. Music is universal to being human (because we are all God’s children), but one narrative took it and opened it up, released it…and oh, aren’t we happy it did.
Harris is schooled on Buddhism…
“But I want to end by suggesting the “religious bits” are absolutely non-trivial, especially when it comes down to questions of ethics. The messiness of Buddhist ethics is not jettisonable; it is part and parcel of the eightfold path. This path, like every religious path, is hard to follow. It involves humility, self-searching, determination, and, perhaps above all, doubt.”
Hmm…’doubt’ even, I suppose that is to leave room for mystery…very wise.
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