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dc.contributor.authorSpink, Ashley Vance
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T02:29:28Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T02:29:28Z
dc.date.issued2006-12
dc.identifier.otherspink_ashley_v_200612_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/spink_ashley_v_200612_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/23741
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this thesis is to present an argument for the existence of God. The thesis presents this argument by first exploring the position of naturalism. The thesis then distinguishes between the first order consciousness possessed by all creatures, and the second order consciousness, or metacognition, possessed by humans. Finally, the emergence of metacognition is examined in terms of evolution. The thesis concludes that because the emergence of metacognition can not be explained with the classical naturalistic position, the most plausible explanation must be the existence of a theistic organizing principal which acts as the catalyst triggering the emergence of metacognition in our species.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectMetacognition
dc.subjectNaturalism
dc.subjectConsciousness
dc.subjectGod
dc.subjectTheism
dc.titleThe emergence of metacognition
dc.title.alternativean argument for the existence of god
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentReligion
dc.description.majorReligion
dc.description.advisorWilliam L. Power
dc.description.committeeWilliam L. Power
dc.description.committeeCarolyn J. Medine
dc.description.committeeEarl Ginter


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