Cellular intelligence: Animal Algorithms reviewed (Evolution)

by David Turell @, Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 15:23 (11 days ago) @ dhw

DAVID: You will always support cellular innate intelligence as your rigid theory.

dhw: It's not rigid, but see below for my view of it.
DAVID: If research shows cellular activities are not automatic, I'll change my view accordingly.

It’s difficult to see how such a concept can be proven either way. We can only observe their behaviour, which you agree is intelligent. But then the same difficulty applies to the existence of God. Unless we get definitive proof, we can only weigh up the pros and cons.

dhw: […] in all honesty I must confess that I find the theory more convincing than the idea of your God preprogramming the whole history of life 3.8 billion years ago, or of him popping in to turn legs into flippers, or to give courses to weaverbirds in nest-building.

DAVID: God, the designer can do all of it. And I'll continue asking without God where does cell intelligence come from?

dhw: As before, we are discussing whether cells are or are not intelligent. I accept the argument that if God exists, he must have designed it, but then we have to move to the question of where did God come from – and that takes us back to first cause, which may be God or may be an impersonal universe….but we have discussed this over and over again.

Note today's entry about cell complexity precluding labs making life


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