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Ray Scanlon rscanlon at wsg.net
Fri Feb 12 19:45:19 EST 1999



William Thomas wrote in message <79k2n9$7en$1 at garnet.mint.net>...
>All of the soul, no soul philosophical debate is interesting, however I
>think both camps are missing a more basic and important question.
>
>Why do things fight to survive?

It depends on your metaphysics. If you are a materialist the answer is
simple, the organism fights to survive because the ones the didn't fight to
survive, didn't survive. In other words, all the organisms on the face of
the earth are survivalists. The DNA that wasn't able to construct an
organism that would fight to survive is just not with us anymore.

If you have a different metaphysics the reasoning must be much more
complicated.

Ray
Those interested in how the brain works might look at
www.wsg.net/~rscanlon/brain.html






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