Please help me with this argument … thanks.
If intellect is a property of matter, then all human thoughts correspond with physical capabilities of the material brain.
These capabilities include storage, generating and processing of information.
Human thoughts, however, are infinite in quantity (size) and variety. There are infinite numbers and humans can make any calculations, and invent any new set or kind of mathematical rules on an infinite set of numbers.
This would mean that the human brain would need an infinite physical (cellular and neurological) capacity.
But the human brain has a finite capacity, therefore it cannot store, process or retrieve an infinite variety of thoughts.
So, intellect must be immaterial.
Therefore, materialistic-atheism is false.
A computer can process an infinite number of calculations.
Computers cannot generate an infinite variety of calculations since they operate within a finite set of rules. The human mind can create an infinite number of rules and new mathematics (which allow an infinite number of computations) that computers cannot.
Computers are therefore, necessarily finite in what they can produce.
Regarding “processing storage” (not long term memory storage):
Human beings can calculate an infinite number of numbers. A computer can only create a number which is as large as the largest possible computer in the universe can create. That’s a finite limit.
A computer needs the material components to generate and calculate that kind of number.
If it is said that the computer can simply run continually and process that number without actually storing it, then the computer could never produce a calculation on that number since it could never capture the value of that number.
The human mind, however, has an infinite capacity.
The mind can calculate what the largest possible number a computer can process is (given the largest possible calculation capacity in all the material of the universe) and simply add one to it.
So, the mind transcends a computer’s “range of calculation” in that regard.
This is an indication that the mind (I used the term “intellect” here) is capable of an infinite number (kind) of calculations as well as able to calculate numbers which are larger than any possible computer can process.
There is no evidence that the mind can store an infinite amount of information.
As above, the question is not long term storage but is the here-and-now ability of the mind to calculate numbers which are larger than any possible computer (in the entire universe) can generate.