How appropriate that right after Laird’s post, On Spiritual Matters, I should come across this Scientific American article discussing belief and disbelief. The author explains how he was initially indoctrinated to believe in a particular theology, found it wanting, explored other avenues and eventually concluded that, rather than finding something he could believe in, he should accept that disbelief is just as valid. Interestingly, at least for me, he included science in the avenues he explored in his search for the answers to his existential questions.
So where does this leave me, in terms of my search for answers? Iâ€™ve given up hope that science can give us a single, objectively true solution to the mind-body problem, one true for everyone. Disbelief, Iâ€™ve decided, is the only rational stance to take toward alleged solutions, whether religious or scientific.
He understands how this can be unsettling for some people.
Those who yearn for certainty about who we really are might find disbelief unsatisfying, even frightening. You have no ground on which to stand, no assurance that God or science will take care of us, that everything is going to be okay.
But it’s right for him and he thinks it could be right for others as well. It’s a good article. I recommend reading it if these questions have ever occurred to you.