Descartes Mind-Body Dualism Against Darwin’s Monism.Docx
In my essay, I am going to argue for Descartes mind-body dualism against Darwin’s monism. I believe that the mind and body are two separate entities and that human life is not simply the result random mutations that took place throughout the past two billion years or so. I am not going to attempt to disprove science; I can’t do that. I am however, going to try to give specific examples on the origin of existence and the nature of reality. René Descartes believed that the mind and body are separate; that the senses could not always be trusted, but that because we as humans are able to think about our existence, we possess some sort of entity separate than our fleshly body. I believe this separate entity to be a soul”an immaterial and
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According to Darwin, the answer is no. Then what about the mind? The human brain could not have possibly evolved to allow us to think so abstractly about life and purpose and to ponder the existence of God and reality. The theory of evolution would has no purpose for such things. Darwin’s mechanistic monism has no purpose for anything besides the pure sake of simply being.
Darwin claims that the interrelationships between species exclude God; yet science’s exclusion of God cannot disprove His existence. There is no research out there that disproves intelligent design— that disproves God. I love science; biology, chemistry, and math are some of my favorite subjects. When I learn about all the patterns of nature (like natural logarithms), the components of matter, and the universe, I don’t see mindless mechanistic coincidences; I see the direct results of God’s handiwork. How could evolution have resulted in the tiny wings of gnats, eyelashes, over 1.4 billion species, emotions, love, and laughter? Darwin was right when he claimed that nature “plainly bear[s] the stamp of far higher workmanship,” but he missed out on appreciating the marvel and wonder of nature because he was too busy trying to figure out its origins. He failed to see that even he himself was made with a unique design in mind that includes a soul and body—and so are