Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Response to Rabbi Adam Jacobs' "The God Test"

Here is my response to "The God Test" questions.

1) No, teaching animals to eat humans is stupid because they may easily make the leap to attacking people to eat them. That's why we avoid that. We also don't eat other humans because you get terrible diseases that way. Look up kuru and Creuzfeldt-Jakob disease.

2) I'd try to get along in hopes we could do something to survive. For a tsunami in particular­, all that would be needed was a raft to take us to deeper water for the duration. If we were going to die for sure, however, I would not really care much about what the other person did. (I'd like to note, however, that it's an evolutiona­ry response to life or death situations to try to procreate. Those who do so are more likely to have their genetic material propagated into the future.)

3) I totally don't follow the logic on this one. The majority of people do feel love, and it has evolutiona­ry advantages­. Since we experience it positively and our consciousn­ess is the sum of our experience­s and instincts, love is valuable. This applies to morality and beauty too, and the sense of shared experience and community we get from art. Creativity can mean survival. These are evolutiona­ry advantages that feel "good" to us because they are advantageo­us to us as a species. The best way for humanity to survive becomes the "good" we strive for. Rather than losing their meaning, virtues such as kindness, selflessne­ss, love and generosity become essential.

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