Dawkins' new book (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Thursday, November 07, 2019, 00:23 (328 days ago) @ George Jelliss

George: We have been over these questions comprehensively in the past in these pages and always end up going round in the same circles. I say things must happen as a combination of chance and physical law (though we still don't know exactly how), and you ignore the physical law part and conclude it is still all down to chance, which is beyond your capacity to believe.

I don't think I've heard of this theory that "intelligent cells or cell communities" have "their own special form of consciousness" that guides their evolution before, but it sounds rather like reviving elan vital or a form of pan-psychism. It seems to me that postulating such things without proof is unnecessary, since natural selection is adequate.

Again, I agree. It is a vast stretch of what is known.

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