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Where did spirits come from?
If you’re a theist, that’s easy: God made them. But I don’t believe in God. I mean, I believe in powerful spirits that non-mages would mistake for gods, but I don’t believe in a self-causing intelligence.
I think spirits must have evolved. But it raises a few questions:
- If spirits evolved as body-less spirits, what was the selection pressure? And how do they reproduce?
- If they evolved as embodied, physical entities, then became spirits later, how did that happen, and what does that imply about life after bodily death?
- Or maybe spirits are a by-product of something that evolved, created from the dreams of man, or from some advanced alien technology.
(Not that I think spirits are evidence for aliens. And I hesitated to mention the possibility because I don’t want to be associated with people fascinated by UFOs. But when you’re exploring possibilities, you can’t discard one simply because some people have irrationally latched onto some aspects of it.)
And one more idea: If sufficiently powerful spirits could easily be mistaken for Roman-style gods, and if spirits evolved, does that mean Roman-style gods might have evolved, too?If you liked this post, consider visiting my current blog at mikesententia.com.