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B-Theory of Time and the EAAN

SovereignDream
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5/12/2013 5:19:02 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
If a B-Theory of time is true, then what we refer to as "the present" is really nothing but an illusion of consciousness. If it is the case that our intuition of existing "now" is nothing but an illusion of consciousness, then wouldn't this provide support of the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism, as it provides (arguably) knock-down evidence that the truth-value of beliefs is irrelevant to the survivability of an organism as well as demonstrating the unreliability of our cognitive faculties (in this case, that our brains are as-of-yet inexplicably tricking us into believing that "the present" is an objective feature of reality)?

[Note: this idea is not original; http://www.reasonablefaith.org...]
Rational_Thinker9119
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5/12/2013 5:23:27 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/12/2013 5:19:02 PM, SovereignDream wrote:
If a B-Theory of time is true, then what we refer to as "the present" is really nothing but an illusion of consciousness. If it is the case that our intuition of existing "now" is nothing but an illusion of consciousness, then wouldn't this provide support of the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism, as it provides (arguably) knock-down evidence that the truth-value of beliefs is irrelevant to the survivability of an organism as well as demonstrating the unreliability of our cognitive faculties (in this case, that our brains are as-of-yet inexplicably tricking us into believing that "the present" is an objective feature of reality)?

[Note: this idea is not original; http://www.reasonablefaith.org...]

Well if we discovered the truth that the passing of time is an illusion in the first place, then this kind of contradicts your original hypothesis that evolution does not lead to truth propositions being acknowledged.
Rational_Thinker9119
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5/12/2013 5:25:17 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/12/2013 5:19:02 PM, SovereignDream wrote:
If a B-Theory of time is true, then what we refer to as "the present" is really nothing but an illusion of consciousness. If it is the case that our intuition of existing "now" is nothing but an illusion of consciousness, then wouldn't this provide support of the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism, as it provides (arguably) knock-down evidence that the truth-value of beliefs is irrelevant to the survivability of an organism as well as demonstrating the unreliability of our cognitive faculties (in this case, that our brains are as-of-yet inexplicably tricking us into believing that "the present" is an objective feature of reality)?

[Note: this idea is not original; http://www.reasonablefaith.org...]

Having to dig deeper to find the real truth instead of just trusting your intuitions, is not the same thing as not acknowledging truth at all. In fact, it is the exact opposite!
medv4380
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5/13/2013 4:23:03 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/12/2013 5:19:02 PM, SovereignDream wrote:
If it is the case that our intuition of existing "now" is nothing but an illusion of consciousness, then wouldn't this provide support of the Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism,

It would only be an argument against Realism since our Contentiousness is making us perceive time as if it exists when it does not, and provide nothing against Evolutionary Naturalism. You're making a big leap of faith claiming that it does, and you need to show your logic on why you think it does.