Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
I think some people doubt it on the physical level.
You wouldn't happen to have read "Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge" by Edward O. Wilson, have you?
A bit of background: Born 1929. Received BS & MS in Biology, University of Alabama. PhD in Biology in 1955, Harvard. After that, he taught
Harvard until he retired. As of 1998, when he wrote the book mentioned, he was Research Professor at Pellegino University & Honorary Curator in
entomology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard. Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for writing "On Human Nature" (1978) & "The Ants"
(1990, with Bert Holldober). Has also received many honors, fellowships & awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Crawford Prize from
Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, International Prize for Biology from Japan, Gold Medal of the Worldwide Fund for Nature & the Audubon Medal of the
National Audubon Society. Numerous others I haven't mentioned here.
In other words, this is a guy who sounds like he knows what he's talking about...
In short, Wilson describes two possible
sources of information, being Reason (all Physical Sciences) & Theism (Humanities, creativity,
imagination & dreams). He's discovered that, through biology, the Physical Sciences have already pretty much unified because all matter & observable
energies get down to pretty much the same "laws of physics" when examined at the molecular & atomic levels. Theism resists unification with the
Physical Sciences because there is not enough knowledge discovered to define specific biological
links to the concept of "free will" &
creativity...Yet when the sociology of humans both ancient & modern are studied, our thought-processes really haven't changed any faster than the
pace of evolution
. If biological origins can be discovered to have a direct effect on our individual thoughts, then the unity you mention would
If this seems too brief, it's because I've just condensed a 300+ page book into a single paragraph...
Everything else posted in this thread so far is pretty much in line with Wilson's book, Consilience. Anyone who would like to continue this line of
thinking, I'd highly recommend reading the book.