Because there is something fundamentally wrong with its typical view of life. Life forms are not merely matter in motion.
From Jonathan Wells at Evolution News & Views on Third Way (for evolution) thinker Stephen L. Talbott:
According to his profile at The Third Way of Evolution, Talbott spent many years working in the engineering organizations of computer manufacturers before he joined the Nature Institute in 1998 (the same year I joined Discovery Institute). He “attempts to show how our understanding of the organism and its evolution is transformed once we recognize and take seriously the organism as an intelligent agent meaningfully (though not necessarily consciously) pursuing its own way of life.”
In his most recent article (the first in a projected trilogy), Talbott asks why the public is still so skeptical of evolution. He answers that the public refuses to believe that their most basic perception of living things is an illusion. “Ever since humans began to think in a scientific or philosophical way about their fellow creatures,” he writes, they have observed that living things “possess a kind of active agency whereby they pursue their own ends. But now we hear that this age-old and self-evident understanding was a mistake.” Instead, agency has been transferred to natural selection, which “becomes rather like an occult Power of the pre-scientific age — all in order to render ‘illusory,’ and indeed to usurp, the visible agency of the organism.” More.
Yes, exactly. Life forms seek to stay alive whether they are conscious or not.. Evolutonary theory today means propounding mehacnistic explanations for a situation thatcannot be explained by mechanistic explanations.
Talbott’s article is here.
Also: What DO organisms mean? Tom Bethell looks at Stephen Talbott’s work
It’s all about information, Professor Feser
See also: How will rethinking Darwin affect the ID community?
What can we hope to learn about animal minds?
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