From Scuzzaman, commenting at “Fine-tuning is easy to explain: The universe itself is conscious and somewhat like a human:
The thing I find most amusing and dismaying is that, as long as one affirms some kind of pan-darwinian orthodoxy vis-a-vis common descent by modification, literally ANY kind of madness is back on the menu.
It is this, more than anything else, that identifies evolution as a religious mania. It’s a perverse mirror image of the worst political aspects of historical religion wherein the only possible heresy is not dissent but disobedience.
In modern science you can be respectable while disobeying every fundamental precept of the discipline, as long as you do not dissent from its primal dogma: common descent by modification. Here.
That’s more or less what Darwin foresaw when he wrote,
But then with me the horrid doubt always arises whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the mind of the lower animals, are of any value or at all trustworthy. Would any one trust in the convictions of a monkey’s mind, if there are any convictions in such a mind?
Never mind Darwin’s Doubt. The “horrid” doubt is Darwin’s doom. It is being lived out today by naturalist atheists everywhere. However ridiculous, it is no laughing matter. They really believe it and their belief unfits science establishments for combatting the invading horde of anti-science post-moderns.
See also: At Aeon: Fine-tuning is easy to explain: The universe itself is conscious, and somewhat like a human Goff: “However, it now seems to me that reflection on the fine-tuning might give us grounds for thinking that the mental life of the Universe is just a little closer than I had previously thought to the mental life of a human being.” Indeed. If we keep going in this direction, we will run into Zeus. The only remaining mystery is why our Stone Age ancestors gave up on him after a while.
At Quartz: Materialists are converting to panpsychism
Latest consciousness theory: Rocks have minds
The universe may be conscious?
Evading hard problem of human consciousness: Consciousness is in everything!
The illusion of consciousness sees through itself.
And the naturalist’s biggest problem, to hear him tell it, is the persistence of stubborn doubt about naturalism.
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Of related note to undermining the ‘religious mania’ of common descent by modification,,, Dr. Giem is up to part 4 in his series reviewing John Sanford’s new book “Contested Bones”. The book “Contested Bones” (by Christopher Rupe and John Sanford) is the result of four years of intense research into the primary scientific literature concerning those bones that are thought to represent transitional forms between ape and man. This book’s title reflects the surprising reality that all the famous “hominin” bones continue to be fiercely contested today—even within the field of paleoanthropology.
…and these days you have a vast, devoted audience of dumbed-down smart people who wouldn’t know what the precepts are, couldn’t tell if they were violated if they knew, and would be too cowardly to say anything about it, anyway.
Pan-Darwinian orthodoxy or just Pantheism?