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Consciousness

I've been reading "The end of time" by Julian Barbour (1999 publishing).  There is a thought he puts in chapter 2 about consciousness.  For those who believe that nothing blew up in a Big Bang 15,000,000,000 or so, years ago and then everything evolved into the fully functioning complex systems we have today, there is a puzzle over consciousness.  How did rocks become conscious?

How did they know they were conscious?  Without a brain could a rock start to think?  What would it think about?  Could it formulate its thoughts into words - it had no language and no speech, or ability to speak.  It couldn't see, or hear, so a pretty limited consciousness.

And to what end?  And why are rocks still not developing consciousness today?  Quite a thought isn't it?

There is that saying of Jesus when He's approaching Jerusalem and the Pharisees tell him to keep the crowd quiet, and He says "if these were silent, the stones would shout out." (Luke 19: 40).  But I don't think He meant it literally.

But look at the faith involved in evolutionism.  I don't think I could manage it.  I think the Bible makes a lot more sense.  But that's just me!  (And 2 billion Christians and 2,000 years of the Church so far!)

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