In thinking about creation ex nihilo, we imagine creation from an empty black space. Bloodhounds would probably imagine creation from something odorless.They would imagine souls and spirits like vague and subtle smells, just like we see them as fogs and shapes.


  1. James the Least said,

    May 24, 2009 at 11:58 am

    I don’t imagine creation ex nihilo as being from some empty black space. I have no “picture” in my mind of creation when I reason about it. Creation is from nothing, which I can perfectly well conceive in my mind according to its definition (so to speak). I mean, I guess it’s true that, were I to try to imagine it, I would imagine it according to an analogy drawn from experience: where once a thing was not, now a thing is, and in trying to picture that particular coming-to-be I would necessarily conceive a kind of backdrop for it since there is no way to picture non-being. But thinking–reasoning–and imagining are two different things and the powers of both have two different objects.

    Second, bloodhounds can’t conceive of creation ex nihilo, since creation ex nihilo is an abstract concept. There can be no experience of it at all on the part of creatures (we understand it only by analogy). Thus, there can be no imagining of it, either. I know you’re only engaging in speculation, since you say they “would probably” imagine creation from something odorless. But since they cannot in fact imagine creation at all, it’s hard to see where you’re going with this.

    You seem to want to say that creatures imagine things according to their dominant or primary sense, which may or may not be true. I just don’t see the connection between that claim and your fanciful example of bloodhounds imagining creation ex nihilo.

  2. Martin T. said,

    May 24, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    James thinks your bloodhound theory…stinks…;-)

  3. Jay E. Adrian said,

    May 24, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Someone’s wearing his whimsy-blocking glasses.

  4. Peter said,

    May 25, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Hehe, whimsy-blocking glasses.

    Is it just me or does JtL’s comment squarely contradict I 84.7?

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