First Causes- cross posting objections

Lance Sherman lancesherman at insightBB.com
Wed Sep 8 09:22:41 EST 2004

my 2 cents - i agree w/paul, cross-posting not appropriate on this topic

and, not appropriate for the cross-post to BIONET.NEUROSCIENCE, either

"paul v birke" <nonlinear at rogers.com> wrote in message
news:413CF423.8020806 at rogers.com...
> Dear Lester
> Please don't cross post to comp.ai.neural-nets.
> Here we are more algorithm and number crunching persons and remain more
> serious about those endeavors than philosophical dissertations or
> notions !!!
> thanks
> Paul
> Lester Zick wrote:
> >                                            First Causes
> >                                                   -----
> >
> > There are three main streams of metaphysics in the west: the ancient,
> > the classical religious, and Darwinian branch of evolution and natural
> > selection. There are undoubtedly others, but at least these three try
> > to analyze the nature of man in scientific or quasi scientific terms.
> >
> > The ancient branch of metaphysics was laid down by Aristotle who
> > defined metaphysics as the study of being qua being and a prime mover
> > unmoved as the first cause of everything. Classical religious dogma
> > kept the metaphysics and merely replaced the prime mover unmoved by
> > god, viewing metaphysics and science as extensions of the intentions
> > of god according to holy writ.
> >
> > And in perhaps the penultimate chapter in the epistemological
> > revolution characterizing the post renaissance natural science,
> > Charles Darwin redefined man not according to ancient or classical
> > religious assumptions regarding animal, man, and god but according
> > to biological linkage between man and animals instead, thus relegating
> > metaphysics to the study of evolution of species and the idea of
> > evolution as a first cause.
> >
> > What's noteworthy in all three instances, however, is that no one ever
> > proved anything regarding first causes. Aristotle's first cause, the
> > prime mover unmoved was simply an imaginary construct, as was god.
> > The ideas of a prime mover unmoved and god were merely forensic
> > devices without mechanical support.
> >
> > Evolution, on the other hand, certainly had evidentiary mechanical
> > support in the origin of species, but nothing in the origin of species
> > says definitely what a first cause is of necessity. Evolution and
> > natural selection themselves are ideas predating Darwin's connection
> > of them to the origin of species. Biological speciation might be a
> > vehicle of natural selection. But that doesn't mean it is the only
> > possible vehicle of natural selection, evolution, or the necessary
> > first cause of everything.
> >
> > In other words, the biological origin of species could be true without
> > proving the direct connection of man to animal in mechanical terms.
> > Evolution could just as easily provide the transition from animal to
> > man just as between plant and animal. And we would still be left with
> > the distinct and separate categories however they originated. Darwin
> > proved there was no supernatural or divine intervention needed in the
> > mechanical transition. But he did not prove there was no transition.
> >
> > The only cause which supplies its own proof as first cause is the idea
> > of differences and cognates of differences: negation, contradiction,
> > not, etc. and that principle compounded in terms of itself. Neither
> > Aristotle's prime mover unmoved nor god is proven of itself. Nor are
> > evolution and the natural selection of species proven with respect to
> > the categories and transitions between the categories.
> >
> > The only thing proven of itself as the source and first cause of
> > everything are differences and cognates of differences. And it is
> > in terms of these elements that the categories of being are to be
> > examined and explained in strict mechanical terms of one another.
> >
> > Regards - Lester

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