How is science supposed to survive in the midst of all these “evolutionary” user illusions?
The great triumph of the theory of evolution was to show that humans are just animals in nature — clever, yes, but clever animals. Or so we are told. No more mysticism about the “mind”! — it’s just the human brain. The brain is a mechanism that evolved over time by natural selection, to enable our survival. And we can eventually figure out exactly how it works.
Not so fast. That door leads to a blind alley, as a recent essay by an enthusiastic neuroscientist illustrates.
Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman says that evolution by natural selection selects for the fittest human. Is the fittest human the one most likely to pursue the truth at any cost? His team’s computer simulations showed otherwise “Why some scientists think science is an illusion ” at Mind Matters News
For those who take Darwinism seriously, that’s not good news for science. Of course, believing it requires that you buy into Hoffman’s computer sim as well.
See also: Further reading on dilemmas around consciousness:
Why some scientists believe the universe is conscious They’re not mystics. But materialism is not giving good answers so they are looking around
Panpsychism: You are conscious but so is your coffee mug. Materialists have a solution to the problem of consciousness, and it may startle you.
How can consciousness be a material thing? Maybe it can’t. But materialist philosophers face starkly limited choices in how to view consciousness.
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