The Phrenological Argument, also known as God’s Parapraxis, is a new intriguing philosophical argument that showcases God’s Mental State of Inadequacy in his creation of the Human Mind. It argues that if God has a perfect mind flawlessly capable of knowing things in advance, then he should have anticipated ahead of time the repercussion of creating a human mind that lacks the ability to fathom Truth and Reality. But since he created a mind incapable of knowing what is real and what is true, then it shows God carries an erroneous lapse somewhere in his memory. This mental erracity offers a good solid evidence that proves God is not after all all-knowing. sHe failed to foreknow in advance that if the mind is not capable of discerning reality, He will never ever be known.
The basic form of the argument is as follows:
1. God created the mind
2. The mind cannot detect truth and reality
3. therefore, god will never be known.
A modified version:
1. If god created the mind for men to know him
2. But god failed to foresee his parapraxis
3. Then, god is not all knowing.
A follow up variation:
1. If God is real
2. But the mind can’t detect reality
3. Then reality is all but an illusion)
4. Therefore, god is also an illusion.
In evolutionary perspective, if Nature created the Mind, why did it evolve in the first place if it cannot detect truth and reality? If Nature’s creations possess attributes, properties and actions, like beauty, height and motion respectively, are these qualities also real and true? Do animals have direct cognition of truth and reality as well? How can we prove that all we sense are pigments of our imaginations? If humans goes to extinction, will the world still exist? If the brain goes dead, does reality still exist? If the natural world exists, how do we prove it doesn’t? Are we real or everything is just an illusion?
Before I answer all these questions, let me first discuss what is reality and what is truth. Remember that Reality and Truth are two different things. Something can be real but not the truth. Something can be true but not real. Something can be real and true but doesn’t exist. Confused? Well, let me explain using some exciting examples.
The ideas of Santa Claus and Pegasus are obviously abstract concepts. Both are creations made by replicating what the mind perceives. To create Santa and Pegasus, we need to describe them first by defining their attributes. By Definition, Santa Claus is a person who brings gifts to children during christmas eve, while, Pegasus is a horse-like animal with white wings. By Representation, Santa Claus can depicted as a fat jolly being with white beard, who wears yellow gloves, a big red suit, and a red dangling cone hat. On the other hand, Pegasus can be described as a white horse with wings that can fly like a bird. Since both ideas can be created by definition, association, description and assumption, how can we establish which one of these two creations is real and true?
Santa Claus can be represented by a real person as long the descriptions exactly fit his persona.With Pegasus, there is no natural animal that looks like a horse with wings that can be found anywhere. The horse can only be represented by combining the features of a stallion and an eagle’s wings on a drawing board. If Santa Claus comes to life through a real person and Pegasus comes to life through a drawing, can we consider now the ideas of Santa Claus and Pegasus as actual objects or physically real? Can we consider their physical presence (person vs drawing) proof of their existence? Can both be proven as actual evidence prescribed by the scientific method? How can we validate the evidence to be true, false and real? Are both really existing or are they still being imagined?
To determine if both examples are true and real, let us use SCQRE; a measurement that examines the five basic test elements of reality: Sensory, Codexation, Quality, Reason, and Equipment.
1. By Reason:
- Santa Claus – can be defined, associated, represented, assumed, codexated
- Pegasus – can be defined, associated, described, assumed, cant be codexated
2. By Quality:
- Santa Claus – can be described as person, a man,
- Pegasus – can be described as an animal, a horse, a bird
3. By Senses:
- Santa Claus – can be seen, touched, tasted, smelled, heard
- Pegasus – can be seen thru drawings but cant be sensed
4. By Equipment:
- Santa Claus – with mass, affected by gravity, can be detected
- Pegasus – not applicable
5. By Codexation:
- Santa Claus – physical and abstract
- Pegasus – abstract, not physical
By comparing and contrasting the results above, We can conclude that Pegasus is conclusively still abstract that exist only in the mind. Its physical existence is not real because we cant prove him by detection, by codexation and by sensation. Pegasus is simply a representation that has no physical bearing or material inherent identification from the outside world. He might be valid to be true internally in the mind, but he is not real in the external world. He only exists inside the mind but not outside the mind. He is only true inside the mind but not real outside the mind.
With Santa Claus, we can conclude that he is real and true. He is true because he can be defined, associated, described, assumed and codexated. He is real because he can be represented by a man, a person who can be seen, touched, smelled, tasted and heard, and comes with all the general properties of matter like mass, weight, volume, density to name a few. He can be transcodified from abstract to physical, from idea to reality. Thus, Santa is true inside the mind and real outside the mind.
Now, what about that other Santa Claus who rides on a red sleigh with flying reindeers, IS HE REAL? You be the judge!
“Reality is reality when it both exists inside and outside the mind.” ~ Joey Lawsin