Who is “God,” but a creation of our unique complex human minds dealing with our day to days?
Think about it, because that really is the most fundamental answer to The Grand Questions of God.
The who, what, where, why, how of God that people have been grappling with since forever.
It’s such a profoundly simple answer, yet people avoid it with amazing alacrity and endless dog-chasing-tail rhetorical gymnastics that never arrive at any conclusion(s).
It’s not a “Body-Mind problem” it’s an “Ego-God issue.”
Perhaps the most interesting lesson I’ve learned from my Hoffman adventure is that as I’ve followed the philosophical roots of “dualism” back through Descartes (1600s) and on past Anselm (1000s), one thing has become clear, the entire philosophical edifice of this Mind-Body “Problem” was formed out of religious god fearing thinking, (What I've come to call the Abrahamic Mindset that gave us the three major religions - to be explained in more detail in a later post.), with their self-serving patriarchal mentality, heaven and hell, male domination, female subserviency, along with branding Dualism’s hard boundaries and its need for a sense of certitude into our minds and onto our expectations.
A need for certainty that allows for assumption to be paraded as facts, rather than being satisfied with acknowledging our limits and that today's mysteries will, can be resolved as future evidence comes to light.
This Abrahamic worldview perceives people as isolated objects, not only from this planet, but each other, even from ourselves. The other creatures we live with and the landscapes we exist within, are treated with contempt and wanton disregard.
Regarding the “Mind-Body Problem,”
Dr. Solms makes a wonderful analogy that highlights the error being made:
Question: Was it the lightning or thunder that killed the golfer?
It’s a meaningless question.
Lightning and thunder are simply different aspects of the same phenomena.
Our Mind and consciousness is the interior reflection of our living body/brain (both its interior happenings and external interaction with the environment). We simply cannot have one without the other.
We are embedded within an interconnected web of life. We are creatures who are the direct products of Earth’s Pageant of Evolution. Why isn’t that reflected in modern philosophical discourse?