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Naturalists (materialists) can’t believe in love

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They try but somehow the love story just won’t tell itself in a way that makes any sense:

It may sound rational to conjecture that love is merely an emergent property of consciousness that has matured throughout the course of human evolution. But emergence is no less of a “god of the gaps” belief than Zeus’s lighting or Thor’s thunder. Zoe is a great film but it presents a storyline often used to show how inexplicable and ineffable love is in order to get me to believe that it isn’t.

For example, the underlying dogma assumes reductionism (everything is material). Thus, the question addressed isn’t the obvious one, “Can a synthetic love a human?”; it is “Can a human love a synthetic?” The assumption, in other words, is that Zoe can definitely love. It is presented without explanation as if no explanation is needed. The story question is whether Cole can love her back.

Fortunately, the film stays with the story; it does not turn into a manifesto for AI rights. For that reason, I’ll give Zoe a 5/10 on the dogma scale.

Overall: Underlying assumptions aside, it’s a great film with good acting and believable dialogue. Adam Nieri, “A Mind Matters Review: Zoe (2018), an Android’s Love Story” at Mind Matters



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4 Replies to “Naturalists (materialists) can’t believe in love

  1. 1
    PaoloV says:

    The Way of Love
    If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing.

    Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

    Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

    So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

    1 Corinthians 13

  2. 2
    PaoloV says:

    Love Your Enemies
    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

    Matthew 5:43-48

    Note: In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters

  3. 3
    PaoloV says:

    “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

    Matthew 22:37-40

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    EDTA says:

    By the Mills Brothers (or Frank Sinatra, 1954):

    I’m gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own
    A doll that other fellows cannot steal
    And then the flirty, flirty guys with their flirty, flirty eyes
    Will have to flirt with dollies that are real

    When I come home at night she will be waiting
    She’ll be the truest doll in all this world
    I’d rather have a paper doll to call my own
    Than have a fickle-minded real live girl

    I guess I had a million dolls or more
    I guess I’ve played the doll game o’er and o’er
    I just quarreled with Sue, that’s why I’m blue
    She’s gone away and left me just like all dolls do

    I’ll tell you boys, it’s tough to be alone
    And it’s tough to love a doll that’s not your own
    I’m through with all of them, I’ll never fall again
    Say boy, whatcha gonna do?

    I’m gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own
    A doll that other fellows cannot steal
    And then the flirty, flirty guys with their flirty, flirty eyes
    Will have to flirt with dollies that are real

    When I come home at night she will be waiting
    She’ll be the truest doll in all this world
    I’d rather have a paper doll to call my own
    Than have a fickle-minded real live girl

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