Good, Tue, Jan 29 2013 #(1724)

Jan 29, 2013

Hi Dawkins,

I read the book a while back, and it had a profound impact on me. It helped me question things about the world I hadn’t thought of before, and I thank you for that. I have one hang up with atheism though. I don’t really like the term atheist, because it doesn’t really define what “god” it is you don’t believe in. I certainly do not believe in a god of the Christian sense, but I can’t help thinking that if you define god as consciousness in the universe, and we undoubtably have that mysterious gift of consciousness (and we are, in fact, the universe), then doesn’t that make the universe aware in a sense?

I am perfectly willing to admit I do not understand consciousness, and I am sure science does not either. I sympathize with both atheism and religious belief, because they seem to be two sides of the same coin to me. What I believe is that “the answer” lies somewhere in between and that until we really begin to explore the nature of our consciousness (and the limits of what consciousness can be), we will be just as lost as we always have been.

Thanks for being a questioning mind,


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