"It is interesting from a psychological-epistemological point of view that, although consciousness is the only phenomenon or which we have direct evidence, many people deny its reality. The question, 'If all that exists are some complicated chemical processes in your brain, why do you care what those processes are?' is countered with evasion. One is led to believe that...the word "reality" does not have the same meaning for all of us."
--Nobel physicist Eugene Wigner, 1967
What is Wigner talking about here? He's representing the popular idea of people like Richard Dawkins (technically, called naturalists, materialists, or physicalists). Their point, only material stuff exists. Get it?, only stuff made of atoms. Only stuff that can be observed with our five senses. So no god, no angels, no devils. And, no minds, no consciousness, no hope.
No purpose. No courage. Nothing. Nothing but atoms and clusters of atoms.
We are 100% determined by chemicals.
Read more about the new atheists at www.the-brights.net.