An Automaton Like Us: Why I Believe In God
We say Nature cannot be god because it appears random, because it has no free will and because it appears to have no mind so it is not a person.
But it could be argued that, like Nature, I have no free will; that all of my decisions are determined by genes, environment and constantly changing circumstance and my genes, environment and circumstances all came about randomnly by chance (Chance that my mother and father met; chance that led me to be conceived in a particular place; chance that all the events of their and my life occurred) and also it could be argued that I am not a person but just a brain/machine responding automatically to all the data coming into it via my senses.
It could be argued that I'm not a "person" but just another random, automatic mechanical part of what appears to be a random automatic mechanical Nature.
I'm a randomly programmed robot that, because I don't think about how my programming or circumstances force my decisions thinks they are freely made.
And yet I, because of an irrational prejudice, call myself a person and Nature something random, mechanical and lacking even the most primitive form of mind.
What I mean in a nutshell is, if humans are randomly constructed mechanisms governed by random forces then why are they any more 'people' than the randomly constructed mechanism governed by random forces which is Nature.
If we stopped believing in our illusory free will then perhaps we would see Nature as an automaton like us or even a person, albeit of an alien physiology, like us.