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Subject: Re: Ashes to ashes, ... Date: 7/15/2014 12:18 AM
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but the larger point is that there doesn't seem to be any obvious reason why the brain should be wired like that. One might naively think that neuronal connections that lead to conclusions at odds with reality would be unfavorable and strongly selected against.

And why wouldn't the best starting point to begin to try and understand something foreign and alien be what you already know the best?

Where else would one start, with something they don't know and understand?

We start there, and identify differences and move to a better understanding, but we start with the humanization of other life and nature.

Our neural connections have been developing for millions of years. That process predates microscopes, telescopes, abstract math, even language. If you want to understand why we have particular behaviors and cognitive processes you have to consider the evolution of our species.

You're focusing on a thousand years of moving from a universe that was nature personified, to one where we've added in all the differences through highly technological observations, and ignoring all those years where we actually evolved our brains.
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