chaz wyman wrote:
I don't see the relevance of the question.
Same as what?
"Withe mental strength you can achieve what a strong idiot can never achieve",
I think the contrary can hold as well.
Okay achieve anything meaningful or worthwhile.
Maybe you should offer an example?
I disagree that Either fear or adrenalin has a purpose. Adrenalin can lead to cowering, flight, fright, or fight.
It's how you choose to react to what ever the situation is.[/color]
We agree but I think your description wrong. Adrenalin does not 'lead' to these things. Adrenalin just prepares the body for action. I think it that its the reason that produces the things above.
Sorry but you are confusing purpose with function. Living systems emerge by nature by proximate cause, by natural selection. There is no purpose here. You cannot attribute such a thing simply because there are consequent causes.
Its that reason interprets the adrenal surge as 'fear' that problems can arise when making the choices of flight, flight, fright, and whilst I understand flinch I think it maybe after another event.
I doubt reason has much to do with it. An emotional reaction is not usually reasonable. Reason can be the means by which the emotional reaction can be channelled or controlled, however.
Its why I asked about what you mean by 'fear' as many say they are 'fearful' with no apparent adrenaline rush, which is what I consider the source of the 'feeling' called 'fear'.
Oh look the same as I typed!! So what is the purpose?[/color]Hopefully the above has.
i.e no actual purpose. A range of possible outcomes, nothing actually guided to a specific purpose. QED
Thanks! Now I remember where I read it in the first place! In 1976!!!!!
About the same time as me. Also consider Frank's world one of the truly great sci-fi creations. The new boys have done some nice filler and post-stuff but can't capture the sense of new for the time.
Dune was a masterpiece, without doubt.
I used to read nothing else but sci-fi, but one fine day I just stopped - about the same time I finally started my Access course before my degree. The last sf book I read was probably "Bug Jack Baron" the next thing I read was The Origin of Species, which I lapped up from cover to cover.