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The Devaluation of Homo Sapiens

Updated on January 22, 2013
Do you know where you're going to?
Do you know where you're going to?

The"isms" that could do man in

The common thread that weaves through Atheism, Objectivism, and Reductionism is the belief that reality can and must ONLY be rationalized purely on the basis of its material or physical form.

Atheism posits that anything that is not sensed in any physical way (seen, smelled, tasted, heard and touched) does not exist in reality, specifically, the spiritual, transcendental, or mystical. Thus God does not exist.

Atheism found recognition in a wide variety of concepts including Objectivism and Reductionism.

Objectivism, although humanistic in its basic axiom, argues that human knowledge and values are objective, i.e. they are not creation of his thoughts, but are determined by the nature of the of the physical reality (to be discovered, but not interpreted) by his mind. Objectivism rejects all forms of spiritualism or mysticism because they are not rational, i.e. without evidence or proof either apart from or against the evidence of his senses.

Reductionism is the belief that reality is composed of a minimum number of kinds of entities. It occasionally goes to the extreme by proposing that all objects are reducible to a single substance, thus rejecting the notion that reality could in fact be composed of matter and or spirit.

What in effect these three lexicologic concepts do is divest man with his ability to conceptualize realities well beyond what is simply physical or meterial.

During the long evolutionary process (from Homo Robustus and our other hominid precursors) Homo Sapiens developed a brain that allowed him to be sentient, volitional, emotional, and creative... four qualities that taken as a whole, separated him from all the other living entities on earth.

Atheism, Objectivism, and Reductionism aim to eliminate these four qualities that give Homo Sapiens his unique perspective on reality that is not merely grounded on the material. When that ultimately happens, it would start the devaluation of Homo Sapiens to....Homo Roboticus.



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      Druid Dude 6 years ago from West Coast

      Hello, again. I like this. I define my own beliefs as Noetic. Where, exactly, that falls into your definitions is hard to say. I believe we each live in our own reality, and only rarely does our individual realities merge, and then, only temporarily. Then, there is a greater reality, which is not reliant on what you or I believe, because, belief, after all, is just an opinion. It is good to read you again. Peace

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      lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Hey Mr. Villarasa. I can understand, through speaking to K@ri and through your multiple patient postings what you're trying to say here. I agree with you completely.

      Sorry I wasn't back here to say it sooner. I wish you well, and hope we stop wasting our consciousness on such piffle. As an entire species. (Not you and I.)

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 6 years ago from Palm Springs

      Hello K@ri:

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughhtful coomments. I would like to offer a few observations, to add a little bit more color to what we are discussing.

      I have always thought that the human body, having studied its anatomy, physiology and pathology in medical school, has evolved to maximize its ability to adapt to and survive the specific operative conditions in its immediate environment. In that sense humans are not unique in that the bodies of other animate entities also have to adapt to the specific requirements of their own immediate environment. However, some experts in design mechanics have posited that in terms of structural and functional efficiency, the human body is not the most optimal... compared to let's say, the structural and functional design of that of the shark's or the ant's.

      For whatever reason (evolutionary concupiscence(?)/ divine intervention(?) or both), only man was able to develop a brain, that in its neuronal constructions, compositions, connections, interactions, and cooperation is unmatched. The ultimate reasult is of course man's unique perspective of himself, his assumed responsibility for his own existence and the existence of other creatures that share his world, and his obvious connectedness to the universe that sorrounds him.

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      Kari Poulsen 6 years ago from Ohio

      Hi again, I would guess that, personally, I do not agree with any of these ideas. I AM more than my physical presence. I admit my body is mainly that of an animal. I have hormones that try to sway me, hormones that have helped us survive for years as a species. But I also have myself...who I really am. Maybe I cannot control the hormones that are programmed to be emitted, but I can control my reaction to them. I can learn, using conscious thought, how I feel when they are emitted and decide, in my thoughts, if they are interpreting the situation appropriately.

      We become stressed out over many things. Stress is a hormonal response to a real or perceived harm. Our bodies always react the same way, but our mind learns to override our instinctive response.

      That doesn't mean that we don't snap at others at times, or that we won't have anxiety attacks about the future...controlling our instinctive or physical reaction is a constant challenge. One we don't always win, especially if tired or if too much comes at us at once...but it is a winnable battle.

      I also agree that other animate entities are able to express emotion and creatively use their environment to make tools, shelter, what-not to enrich their lives, but it is the altruistic abilities that separate us...or is it.

      Dolphins will "save" humans from drowning and sharks. All the stories can't be made up. To me this means dolphins are altruistic...and makes me wonder.

      Life is so very mysterious and wonderful. And sooo much more than just the physical. :D

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 6 years ago from Palm Springs

      Hello Chris and Ixxy: I agree with both of you that other animate entities aside from humans are able to express emotions and be creative about using tools and such. However I must emphasize the fact that only humans (because of their unique cerebo-neural connections) have the intellectual capacity, alone or in groups, to insist and to argue respectively, that his/their existence goes beyond the merely biological and physical.

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      lxxy 6 years ago from Beneath, Between, Beyond

      Interesting. I agree, humanity is being devalued by a lack of a "spiritual" connection.

      What many assume is that humans are the only species with tools, creativity, and the like. This is false; plenty of creatures create and use tools. You're more adapt at it, and seem to have taken a liking to it, but creativity is within every species.

      My guess is because you don't have peacock feathers. ;)

      I'll say this--the ability to organize and group in a society with fashion is certainly human.

      Those who think what they see in this physical reality is the only truth fail basic science--there's more than three dimensions.

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      Christopher Price 7 years ago from Vermont, USA

      Although I would argue that other species (especially other higher primates) share the capacity to feel and express "emotions", and even "create" tools and the opportunities to use them, I agree that we humans have strangely devolved to the point some of us would rather deny the possibility there may be beings and realms beyond our perception and understanding.

      While theoretical physicists ponder the possibilities of the existence of multiple dimensions, their compatriots deny the existence of God!

      Hilarious! :{)

      Good hub.