Convoluted human evolution: Tattersall's take (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Monday, February 22, 2016, 15:24 (1182 days ago) @ dhw

dhw: The IM is an alternative to random mutations, your 3.8 billion-year-divine computer programme, and your divine dabbling. It is a hypothetical explanation of how evolution works, and it leaves open the question of its origin.

If the IM explains evolution it requires the ability to plan. It requires a planning mind either as the inventor of the IM or the guider of the IM as you constantly remind us.

dhw: As always, I agree with you that the complexity of living forms requires mentation, but once again we must distinguish between the IM and the maker of the IM. As we have discussed ad nauseam, there are some distinguished biologists who inform us that cells are capable of mentation.

And as I have replied ad nauseam, automatic cell functions can look just like mentation.

dhw: That is the basis of my IM hypothesis to explain how evolution works. I have offered a panpsychist variation, in which materials “magically” acquire sufficient awareness to work together. This may perhaps tie in with BBella's posts regarding Sheldrake's “morphogenic resonance”.

You keep scrambling for alternatives. Sheldrake is only pointing out fields: human species consciousness, morphic phenotypic fields which come as part and parcel of the evolutionary process. He never says these do not come from God.

dhw: I find that the quest for some kind of truth is both enjoyable and highly educational, and for this I can only thank you and BBella and all those who have kept the discussions going for the last eight years!

Thank you. Education will continue!

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