Human Understanding, Randomness, Free Will, and Delusion Part II

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Posted 3/10/12 on Kent Bottles Private Views

In Part I we explored how human beings jump to conclusions when they think they understand reality. This usually occurs when the explanation makes sense, and all of us tend to generate reasons why things are the way they are. It makes sense that understanding our genome would allow us to predict what diseases we are predisposed to developing and to try to do something to avoid getting the disease. Predict and prevent make sense. It makes sense that gene therapy should work because it is so logical and understandable. If you replace the defective gene with the correct gene you should cure the disease.

Why do we humans assume we have the capacity to understand reality?

“This what our brain does all day long. It takes input from other areas of our brain and from the environment and synthesizes it into a story.”

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