Remnants of Vitalism

There used to be a time when heroes like Louis Pasteur et al used to believe that processes of the living substance transcended the laws of chemistry and physics. It was even believed that organic compounds cannot be synthesized from inorganic compounds. Atheists like Hume were laughed at for not seeing the obvious.. and were told about how even the experts in the fields of biology could not explain life in terms of chemistry and physics that ran the universe.

I see the remnants of this failed vitalistic philosophy in certain religious arguments against the existence of a naturalistic explanation for freewill and consciousness. Perhaps one day there will be  a naturalistic explanation for freewill and consciousness and the religious arguments against it would be forgotten like vitalism.

I find the natural more supernatural than the supernatural. I find grapes turning into wine more miraculous than water turning into wine.


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