I would ask you to consider the merit of the following assertion; if human things such as affection, love, will, and awareness are rooted in something other than matter/motion/energy/fields; then there is much in the universe which is not just matter/motion/fields/energies.
I was thinking about a way to reply to this which would not involve philosophy or religion.
The late Murray Gell-Mann gave a lecture at Fermilab which I attended in which he considered
whether physics was enough to explain complex adaptive systems such as ourselves, or if
we needed something else. To make a long lecture short, he concluded the answer is no.
If human things such as affection, love, will, and awareness are rooted in something other than matter/motion/energy/fields, at some point this something else must interact with the physical
world in order to have an effect on it. And if it doesn't interact with it then it could not have any
influence on the physical world whatsoever. So how does this interaction take place,
and how come there is no evidence for it? And if it can effect the physical world without
interacting with it, you basically throw causality out the window.
If it is something immaterial, to use a term you used in a previous thread, then whether it
exists is not falsifiable (to get back to the topic), and would always remain outside of science.
The alternative is that they are emergent phenomena, where the result is more than the sum
of the parts it is made of. In mathematics this is called non-linearity, and a real world example
is fluid dynamics which is highly non-linear.
It is more logical that the universe should be consistent, all or nothing. To say some things are explainable
and others are not is a logical inconsistency. If it is nothing, then everything would be due to divine action
or angels and demons or the flying spaghetti monster or whatever. And the phenomena which appear
explicable by science would really be the result of an epic cosmic illusion or joke.
And I feel that human consciousness and emotions will eventually be fully described by the
neuro-electro-chemical activity of the brain, that it is highly non-linear, and that quantum mechanics
might play a role. It might take a long time because it is a hard, complex problem. Or maybe we
don't yet know the proper approach to the problem. Either way I'm not a new mysterian.
Edited by EJN, 04 July 2019 - 02:30 PM.