The CSI agent studies matter.. He seems dazzled.
(See below about being dazzled.)
1. Aristotle on the reason why some only see material causes:
"We are dazzled by clear objects of nature, as owls are dazzled
by the light of the sun." : Aristotle's Metaphysics
2. One reason some of metaphysics is not grasped well is
supplied by Thomas Aquinas:" due to the weakness of the
intellect." Also the "Slenderest knowledge that may be obtained
of highest things is more desirable than certain knowledge of
the lesser" Summa -Question 1. Fifth argument, Reply
3. So-called modernists should study Aquinas, and they would
benefit from this statement about animate beings, i.e. animals:
"A body is either animate or inanimate; and an animal body is
manifestly nobler than any inanimate being. But an animal body
is not animate precisely as a body; otherwise all bodies would
be animate." Q. 3 Art 1, Sed Contra.
4. The above should tell us also that intellect and consciousness
are not conscious precisely as a body (material) ; otherwise all
bodies would be conscious. We could also add other human
attributes such as reasoning and self reflection, for they are not
that way because they are bodies, for then all bodies would be
reasoning and self reflecting.. Ergo... There is an added
reality to the material which makes man as man.
5. Self consciousness in not caused by matter, for if it were, all
material beings would be self conscious. A being cannot give
what itself or another what it does not have.
Matter in itself does not have self consciousness, nor can it's
parts be organized into a way to give itself something higher
than what it has in itself.
Matter, therefore cannot beget consciousness. (let
consciousness mean self consciousness here
Consciousness and matter are totally different kinds of
Matter is the less perfect having only the property of existing
with no consciousness in itself -
SO, matter cannot give rise to something more perfect than itself
like consciousness from itself. ONE CANNOT GIVE WHAT ONE
DOES NOT HAVE. ERGO, consciousness does not arise from
Reasoning cannot nor does not arise from matter alone.
Therefore, since reason and intelligence do exist in our universe,
they come from other than matter.
Since the most simple concepts are mostly the hardest to grasp
by us, I have stated this in different ways. animation
(Aquinas) , self consciousness, and reason all are under these