Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Darwin on Naturalism and Knowledge

With me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man's mind, which has been developed from the mind of lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey's mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?
Charles Darwin, The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin

Something to think about... but then you must think also about how much trust to put in your thoughts.

If the cosmos evolved by chance with no anticipation of man, and if there was no created correspondence between the human mind and the physical cosmos, is there any good reason to trust the mind's conceptual apprehension of the cosmos? Can naturalism provide a connection between the human mind and the universe, other than what must be considered an incredible coincidence?
Kenneth Samples "A World of Difference"

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