From Wayne Rossiter,, author of Shadow of Oz: Theistic Evolution and the Absent God, on the recent claim that time is all in our heads:
1) Don’t a series of events have to pass in order to arrive at a state of the universe in which observers can exist? On atheistic naturalism, doesn’t intelligent life emerge from non-life at one or more places in the cosmos, after some cosmic evolution? If the passage of time is directly related to the experience of the observer, how could time pass leading up to the first observer (or was there no time back there)?
2) What qualifies as an observer? Sure, us (humans). But what/who else?
3) Okay, a third one: If an observer is required for time to pass, and there may have been a time before which observers existed in the universe, wouldn’t that end up making a great case for some “ultimate” observer? One that actualizes all things?
Good questions. The idea is actually a perfect companion to the idea that “evolution” bred a sense of reality out of us.
The current Christians for Darwin craze tends to obscure the reality: The primary thrust of evolution rhetoric today is not just to convince us that we are merely animals but that our basic perceptions of reality are somehow wrong. And falsifiability is not important. If we think all that doesn’t matter, we are certainly kidding ourselves.
See also: Time is all in our heads? Then we can reverse time! Our kind reader is simply demonstrating that he is not a fan of the pop science philosophy of life. But then neither are we.
Evolution bred a sense of reality out of us NPR’s Adam Frank: I find the logic in Hoffman’s ideas both exciting and potentially appealing because of other philosophical biases I carry around in my head. (But he suspects thethery is ultimately wrong.)
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