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These postulations and attributions raise difficult philosophical questions about the relationships that hold between human minds and human bodies, and about what, if anything, is constant across all of the phases of a single human being’s history. 0009 4 Science, Nature and Transcendence Abstract: We begin with a characterization of naturalism, and an explanation of why naturalism is a ‘minimal’ worldview. Having noted some competing worldviews – theism, pantheism, panentheism, panpsychism – we canvas reasons that one might have for adopting a morethan-minimal worldview.

Reinventing Philosophy of Religion: An Opinionated Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 0011. 0011 47 48 Reinventing Philosophy of Religion Science and commonsense consensus give us the following. For each human organism, there was, in the past, a fusion of a human sperm and a human egg that grew to become that human organism. Pre-birth development witnessed the development and switching on of various biological systems necessary for the continued existence of human organisms. These systems include a range of neural systems that continue to develop for many years after birth and are essentially connected to the cognitive systems of human organisms.

0008 Debate, Reason and Argument 29 of an argument is a logical consequence of its premises – that is, where it is logically impossible for all of the premises to be true and the conclusion false – we say that the argument is valid. A second – and final – requirement is that the premises must all be claims that Con accepts. We justify this requirement in the following way. First, if the premises are all claims that Con accepts, then, since Claim is something that Con rejects, there is a black spot in his beliefs.

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