Essay about Philosophy

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A2 Religious Studies
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A2 PHILOSOPHY REVISION NOTES
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The Body and Soul Introduction * Materialism is the view that the mind
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If he died and reappeared in another world with other resurrected people, he would be Smith. This is called the replica theory. * God is not restricted by death and holds man beyond natural mortality. * Martin Luther wrote: Anyone with whom God speaks, whether in wrath or mercy, the same is certainly immortal.’ Critical comments Dawkins rejects any idea of a soul that lives beyond death: ‘When we die, there are two things we can leave behind us: genes and memes. We were built as gene machines, created to pass on our genes, but that aspect of us will be forgotten in three generations. Your child, even your grandchild, may bear a passing resemblance to you, perhaps in a talent for music, in the colour of her hair. But as each generation passes, the contribution of your genes is halved. It does not take long to reach negligible proportions. Our genes may be immortal but the collection of genes which is any one of us is bound to crumble away. Elizabeth II is a direct descendent of William the Conqueror, yet it is quite probable that she bears not a single one of the old king’s genes. We should seek immortality in reproduction, but if you contribute to the world’s culture, if you have a good idea, or compose a tune, invent a sparking plug, write a poem, it may live on intact, long after your genes have dissolved in the common pool.’ (Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene,

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