Mind and Cosmos
Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly FalseBook - 2012
The modern materialist approach to life has failed to explain consciousness, intentionality, meaning, and value. This failure threatens to unravel the naturalistic world picture, extending to biology, evolutionary theory, and cosmology. Since minds are features of biological systems that have developed through evolution, the standard materialist version of evolutionary biology is fundamentally incomplete. And the cosmological history that led to the origin of life and the coming into existence of the conditions for evolution cannot be a merely materialist history, either. A conception of nature would have to explain the appearance in the universe of materially irreducible conscious minds, as such. Suggests that if the materialist account is wrong, then principles of a different kind may also be at work in the history of nature, principles of the growth of order that are in their logical form teleological rather than mechanistic.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c2012
Description: x, 130 p. ; 22 cm
Branch Call Number: 113 Nag