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Featured The “naturalist” Problem of Suffering

Discussion in 'General Religious Debates' started by leroy, Jul 28, 2022.

  1. Heyo

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    Nope.

    Because that extra layer of complexity gives them an evolutionary advantage that is greater than the penalty of suffering. Humans have become one of the most evolutionary successful species despite the ability to suffer.
     
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  2. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    You cannot just dismiss old people (like me). We have our usefulness. Who will stop you from committing blunders? Who will tell stories to your children, you hardly have time for them? Who will take care of your home when you are on vacation?
     
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    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    The fish has proved successful in its environment, the boar has proved successful in its environment. Cheetahs have not proved very successful and so there numbers are diminishing. Human also have, till now, proved successful in their environment. All species have to face their own environmental challenges.
    There is no simple mechanism. All mechanisms are very complex. Even the virus or the ameba. Remember that they have their RNA or DNA helices in their nucleus.

    "The genomes of Mimiviruses and Pandoraviruses, which are some of the largest known viruses, range from 1 to 2.5 Mb (1 Mb = 1,000,000 base pairs of DNA)."
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    Plants fungi microbes and invertebrates perhaps fish don't feel conscious pain and have no suffering(we are talking about 99.9999+% of life forms..).... these organisms react and avoid danger but don't really suffer from conscious pain......... so the evolutionary advantage of communicating that something is wrong is already there, .... actual conscious pain is a useless and complex addition that can't be explained with evolution by Natural selection..........why would natural selection select a fish that feels conscious pain vs an other that simply reacts and tries to avoid danger?....... both would run away and hide if a larger fish bites them none would have an advantage.
     
  5. Heyo

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    I haven't dismissed old people. In social species it is useful to have three or four generations living together. As I said, there's an optimum for every species and every environment. But there is no environment where endless life is evolutionary advantageous for the species.
     
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    Except for some vertebrates , which includes you and your cat , most organisms don't feel conscious pain.....
     
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    If we were life first without pain it would be a termed Inheritance.

    Stating a conscious choice by the being changed itself and what's closest in nature to body change.

    Proving that a higher type of human invented science to try to convert created creation into a time shift for just their own purpose.

    And instead inherited the opposite of what was expected....release from life.

    By a study.
     
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    Gotcha
     
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    And what advantage was that ?
     
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    From the point of view of darwinism telling stories is not an advantage.... darwinism has no foresight, natural selection would only select stuff with an inmediatamente advantage.....
     
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    I don't think that is true, because, pain in my understanding is not an isolated thing, but is part of our sensory system.

    I can take a hammer and very lightly place it on my finger and I can feel it because the nerve system will react to it. I could however also slam it down at full force which again would make the nerve system react as well. One could argue that there is no difference between these two things, it is simply the amount of force applied to the hammer that causes us to categorize one response from the nerve system as pain and not the other.

    But it does also teach us something, that there is a huge difference between whether something hits you at great force or if it's with very little force. Combining that knowledge with weight also playing a role, you will eventually learn that avoiding heavy things which come towards you at high speed is probably a good idea. If you didn't learn this or saw it as an issue, there would be no reason to step out of the way of an elephant running toward you.

    Likewise, if you couldn't feel pain, you could potentially end up walking on broken glass, sharp rocks, etc. In fact, I think it would be near impossible to walk effectively if you did not feel pain.

    The pain threshold is different from human to human and even from different parts of the body.

    Again, I think you are incorrect here. Some of them might not feel pain, and some might not feel it like we (mammals) do.

    For instance:
    It's likely different from what humans feel, but it is still a kind of pain.” At the anatomical level, fish have neurons known as nociceptors, which detect potential harm, such as high temperatures, intense pressure, and caustic chemicals. Fish produce the same opioids—the body's innate painkillers—that mammals do.

    Introduction:
    Nociceptors can be defined as sensory receptors that are activated by noxious stimuli that damage or threaten the body's integrity. Nociceptors belong to the slowly conducting afferent A delta and C fibres. They are classified according to their responses to mechanical, thermal, and chemical stimuli.
     
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    A biologist could tell you for sure. But the answer is almost certainly yes and would involve the deterioration of DNA as we age, if I remember correctly.
     
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    No one is dismissing you. But as we age we do have less to contribute. That is not saying that one is worthless.
     
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    For the religious, in heaven. :D
     
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    If it is a conscious pain one can learn to avoid it in the future. Once burnt, twice shy.
     
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    Yeah, Grandpas have their immediate advantage. When both my son and daughter-in-law go for their jobs, we take care of the house, we bring our grandson from the place where the school bus leaves him and feed him. They cannot do without us.
     
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    I'd say suffering was an attitude to pain, physical or mental. Some people react positively, some negatively, and it's said that those who react positively suffer less, consistently with suffering being an attitude.

    I'm reminded of the Larsen cartoon with the man in hell whistling cheerfully as he pushes his wheelbarrow through the flames, and one demon saying to the other, "You know, we're just not reaching that guy."

    So why do some humans fall into a suffering frame of mind more quickly than other humans? I don't know. It may be that putting up with what you can't change is more important than whether you do it with a positive or negative outlook.

    Or it may simply be that putting up with physical or mental pain exhausts one's resources after a while, so that sometimes it will get harder and harder to remain positive.
     
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    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    "According to the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Recognition and Alleviation of Pain in Laboratory Animals, pain is experienced by many animal species, including mammals and possibly all vertebrates.(1) Overview of anatomy of the nervous system across animal kingdom indicates that, not only vertebrates, but also most of invertebrates have the capacity to feel pain.(2)"

    1. National Research Council (US) Committee on Recognition and Alleviation of Pain in Laboratory Animals (2009). "Recognition and Alleviation of Pain in Laboratory Animals". National Center for Biotechnology Information. Archived from the original on 24 June 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
    2. Ermak, Gennady (2022). Plant-Based, Meat-Based and Between: Ways of Eating for Your Health and Our World. KDP. pp. 55–65. ISBN 979-8785908680.
     
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    I think you have to read up on evolutionary biology and especially natural selection.
     
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    Evangelicalhumanist "Truth" isn't a thing...
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    How short-sighted of you. The stories told by elders can be of tremendous value in helping children reach sufficient maturity to have offspring themselves. That doesn't require "foresight."
     
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