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SCIENTIFIC MATERIALISM

I discount knowledge based on something other than observation and reason. I argue its not necessary to postulate God or that the universe, its life / humans had a Creator. Their existence can be explained by forces acting on matter and random chance.  So the universe has no purpose or notion of good and evil, other than the meaning and value that we give it.  Life involves only physical and chemical processes, not some vital spirit. Some day scientists will create it in the lab. Human spirituality exists only in minds  (products of brains)!

VITALISM

I see life as holistically endowed with something special: spirit, life force, soul, organizing /creative principle, etc.  Life is more than the sum of its parts not something scientists will create in the lab. (Note:  In China the life force is linked with Chi (Qi), in India with prana or kundalini. Most religions involve belief in spiritual beings: living things with souls, disembodied spirits, ghosts, angels, that natural objects are conscious (animism), etc. Traditionally the self-awareness called consciousness (home of conscience) is thought to reside in souls.)

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.

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