Explain this SERENDIPITY and these COINCIDENCES?
turtle0 at deleterogers.com
Sat Jul 19 07:14:28 EST 2003
"The Frederick" <mmcneill at fuzzysys.com> wrote in message
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> Lee W wrote:
> > I was adopted at 6 months, having been taken from my biological mother
> > at 6 weeks. Apparently I did see my mother, who was 14 at the time.
> > At 19 I developed an obsession with a girl, a fellow student aged 17.
> > I'll called her Z.
> > At 23 I fell in love with X, who I met through a music paper advert
> > which I placed. We only sent each other letters for the first 3
> > months.
> > At 31, last year, I traced my mother, and she looks like an exact mix
> > of X and Z: more like Z from the side, especially when she smiles;
> > more like X from the front, inclusing eyes, chin, nose. It's really
> > spooky. I had thought that my bond with X was related to our
> > interests, and that my interest in Z was down to our outsider
> > behaviour.
> > This isn't simply a case of a man going for women who remind him of
> > his mother. I've seen that happen with a friend: he saw her in a shop
> > and approached her, which is completely different. I hadn't seen X,
> > the only respondant to my advert in an internationally distributed
> > magazine. I have been quite a rational thing, having therapy and doing
> > a degree, in English and Philosophy, in my teens and 20s instead of
> > plumping for Dionysian excess.
> > Also, while looking for my mother, I rang one number I found of a
> > woman who had the same first name, and she turned out to be the
> > cleaner of my mother's childhood home.
> > So how does this work? (I feel like some character in an allegorical
> > novel, tricky stuff in the postmodern age.) What happened here? Is it
> > a message/gesture from 'God'? I've vaccilated between agnosticism and
> > atheism since losing Christian faith, for all the right educated
> > reasons, I think, in 1989.
> > Am I missing something?
> Yes. At least 80 percent of all behavior (including subjective behavior,
> often called subjective experience) is genetically based. That doesn't
> mean "totally" determined by, but does mean constrained by. You are very
> The other 20 percent is based in the context of development.
> The experience of "freedom" is based on folk lore, and pragmatic genetic
> based brain structure and function. No magic here.
> BTW there are other alternatives than agnosticism, atheism , and the other
> confabulated faith stories. For instance, my religion is science.
> Frederick Martin McNeill
> Poway, California, United States of America
> mmcneill at fuzzysys.com
> Phrase of the week :
> "It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value."
> Arthur C. Clarke
> Mark Twain said : " When we remember we are all mad ,
> the mysteries disappear and life stands explained . "
How does one have science as a religion? This sounds like an interesting
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