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Set vs. Nature

To: alt.satanism
From: (Michael Aquino)
Subject: Re: Set vs. Nature
Date: 08 Nov 94 06:51:46 

JD>     Recent scientific findings are proving certain aspects of the
JD> Setian philosophy entirely unfounded and without merit!
JD>   Animal behaviorists have recently concluded that certain animals
JD> besides ourselves, are capable of abstract thought, and therefore,
JD> self-awareness. It is only a matter of time before this knowledge
JD> is sanctified by the academe and codified within the classroom
JD> textbook. At such a time, this fanciful excersize in hubris,
JD> otherwise known as "The Gift of Set," will be challenged by men
JD> of reason and neatly categorized under the dubious heading,
JD> "Theological Sophistry."

I for one - and many others of my acquaintance - have long taken it for
granted that many non-human animals are capable of abstract thought &
intelligent communication. What is so novel about that?

The Gift of Set is based on the premises that (1) there is an intelligence
level in humanity unexplained by the known processes of natural evolution; (2) 

this level is drastically & uniquely beyond that of any other Earthly species; 
and (3) its "distance" from the normal range of natural phenomena implies a
deliberate cause for it.

Up to the Australopithecine Hominids of some 1-2 million years ago, their
brain sizes and capacities were not much more than as required for survival,
as with other creatures. But when we come to _Homo erectus_ ca. 600,000 BCE,
the first true man-like species, we have a jump to our present
"overendowment". This gives evolutionary scientists nightmares. Anthropologist 
Loren Eisley said that the advent of the human brain "measured in geological
terms, appears to have been surprisingly sudden", referring to this "huge
mushroom of a brain which has arisen magically between night and morning ...
When I said that the human brain 'exploded', I meant no less."

I could go on for quite some time about the Gift of Set [or Eisleyean
"mushroom"] phenomenon, as it is a well-known "skeleton in the closet" of
evolution and has been much "worried about" accordingly. But I trust the point 
is made.

Granted that reading some of the stuff on this newsgroup makes a good case
that not everyone made it up to _Homo erectus_, and/or that just having a big
brain doesn't force everyone to actually *use* the thing!

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