If naturalism and materialism are true, all of existence is contained within the material universe and all of what passes as consciousness or even spirituality is simply a matter of chemical interactions in our brain. They are an epiphenomenon of neural interaction.

What always baffles me is that atheists go on to proclaim themselves the heroes of both human strength (“We do not need religious hooks”) and rationality (“We are the brights.”). If you think about it, these proclamations are laughable in view of the prior commitment to naturalism and materialism. If all that passes as valor or as intelligence refers back to chemical interactions and material processes, there is nothing to boast about. Valor is simply a kind of chemical endorphin and intelligence is a mirage, an electrical spark somewhere within the intricate connections in a brain.

It really does not matter if a robot moved by forces thinks he is so smart…

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