All awareness and perception represents some kind of sense of touch. Through our sensitive skin we can feel someone touching us. We sense taste when objects touch our tongue. Smells, fragrances and odors touch organs of sensation in the nose. Sounds touch sensitive structures in the ear. And light (electromagnetic waves) touches receptors in the retina.
Interestingly, each of these distinct senses allows us to be touched by things at increasingly further distances. But the human mind can also be touched by a minister’s sermon or an inspirational message (something an animal cannot experience). When one considers that the mental ideas and concepts being communicated by a sermon (or any other human communication) are not restricted by the physical laws of spacetime, then one must assume that the human mind is sensitive to a non-material realm. (If the human mind operates from quantum processes, as some physicists theorize, then its dynamics are certainly non-local.)
We can like or dislike the way things feel, taste, smell, sound or look. We also can like or dislike ideas and ideologies. We can embrace or reject God.
Science is said to deal with factual objective data, not values. Yet every distinct function of human sensation is tempered by a value (which is a derivative of love representing some perceived goodness). Even a scientist seeks to find truth from the good that will come from it (whether for personal reward or to genuinely help society)!
What the Neo-Darwinian synthesis overlooks is that deep within the brain’s neural substrates, the human mind has more interior sensory capacities. Pioneering researchers in neuroscience are now suspecting that the neuron itself contains deeper levels of cognitive architecture—to explain the higher operations of reasoning and abstract thought. The point is that human evolution has its trajectory towards a non-physical realm through a choice of values.
Religion (untainted by human prudence) is God’s strategy to allow human bio-complexity to properly adapt to a non-physical world (heaven). This is accomplished through humans who adopt spiritual values, which in turn, subordinate and coordinate an individual’s deepest inner fabric according to heavenly order and life.
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