Yes, of course the Earth is flat from a local perspective. Flat enough for us to build with levels rather than protractors. If you walked around perceiving the curvature of the Earth all the time, you would not be part of the experience of the world that all animals share. If you were to recreate the universe and failed to include the perception that the world is flat, you would have eliminated a huge chunk of its realism, as you would if you neglected to include the masking of the night sky by blue sky. The only reason that we can accept the world being round is that we can see it and model it from a super-human perspective. To say that that perspective is absolutely true and the local perspective is an illusion is to miss the role that perceptual relativity plays in defining physics. > Does the fact that every > culture has come up with religious beliefs mean God exists? > No, but it does mean that human consciousness describes itself in Godlike terms for a good reason. Once we understand what metaphor is, and how it is related to consciousness, then the metaphor of God is recognizable as a projection of metaphor and consciousness as a person (a father to be precise). A meta-metaphor about meta-superlative personhood. Craig > > > -- > Stathis Papaioannou > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Everything List" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to everything-list+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit this group at http://groups.google.com/group/everything-list. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/groups/opt_out.