You're right of course - most of us have not radically changed our views, but as I never tire of saying, it is the discussion, the exchange of views, which is the important thing; it is a process which leaves us all looking forward to the next one with a group of friends we have known for years. As to the second point, the clearest thing that nature has for us is the fact that cockroaches are the tops and superior in evolution and stickability than any other species!Quote
I get the same impression, as Susan always ends up with that as the ultimate. And of course WE are the most wonderful that has happened on this planet!
Yes, the information about slime moulds is fascinating, in a rather yucky sort of way! What we humans label intelligence, though, is really a word to sum up an animal's (animals = every living creature’s) adaptability which of course it has because of lucky random mutations and natural selection.Quote
I am reading a book by Jeremy Narby called "Intelligence in Nature" (An inquiry into knowledge).
In it he meets with a Japanese scientist, Nakagaki, who has studied slime mold for many years, and together with another Japanese scientist and a Hungarian had discovered that true slime mold, Physarum Polycephalum, CAN CONSISTANTLY SOLVE A MAZE!
The author now asks "if a single cell of yellowy slime can solve a maze, does this not confirm that the entire edifice of life contains intelligence".
He read about it first in scientific papers, then wrote to professor Nakagaki and was granted a meeting with him. They had an enjoyable day of talking science and discussing intelligence and western and eastern religious views.
ETA: I guarantee absolutely that I will instantly believe in a supernatural God/etc the minute such a thing is verified objectively by people achieving independent checkable results. Reason: it will then be natural and part of our knowledge base, not supernatural. It wwill be accepted as fact, not fiction!!
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