[FoRK] NYTimes.com Article: After the Double Helix: Unraveling the Mysteries of the State of Being

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Tue Apr 13 18:18:37 PDT 2004

What in the Hell (hehe) are you talking about?  No educated person 
believes in a soul now, do they??  It may make a good story ("His Dark 
Materials" trilogy), but it's just a bit of imagined magic we haven't 
squelched with science yet.

I did see an interesting supposition that life may involve quantum 
entanglements, but I'm a mighty skeptic on those kind of things.


khare at alumni.caltech.edu wrote:

>The article below from NYTimes.com 
>has been sent to you by khare at alumni.caltech.edu.
>Whatever one thinks about these fascainting hypotheses, and the inexorable speeding-up of technological advances, I submit it will be more than even a few centuries before even "educated" people give up the notion of a soul... but I admire the optimism encoded within that claim!
>khare at alumni.caltech.edu
>After the Double Helix: Unraveling the Mysteries of the State of Being
>April 13, 2004
>SAN DIEGO - Sitting at lunch on the patio of his home here
>one muggy day last June, Francis Crick was expounding on
>the mind-body problem and the thorny subject of the human
>"I'm not convinced that people want to know how
>consciousness works," he said. "They feel cast out of the
>world of meaning." 
>Having solved one of the basic mysteries of life here on
>Earth, Dr. Crick seems happy to skewer any notions of a
>life beyond. For him, the most profound implication of an
>operational understanding of consciousness is that "it will
>lead to the death of the soul." 
>"The view of ourselves as `persons' is just as erroneous as
>the view that the Sun goes around the Earth," he said. He
>predicted that "this sort of language will disappear in a
>few hundred years." 
>"In the fullness of time," he continued, "educated people
>will believe there is no soul independent of the body, and
>hence no life after death." 


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