StephenB takes down a materialist in five words:
Take a few bits of metal, work them into various shapes, and attach them to a piece of wood. Voila! A mousetrap.
Attach? Voila? There are millions of ways to attach pieces of metal to wood. Only one of those combinations will trap a mouse. The trick is to arrange those pieces so that they will function as a mousetrap.
Or so we call it. But objectively, apart from human interests, the object is “nothing but” a collection of wood and metal parts.
Tell that to the mouse . . .
Oh my sides . . . gasp . . .