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A refreshing read for an anti-reductionist,
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False (Kindle Edition)
I like the way Thomas Nagel writes - it's accessible for a general public, with very little jargon that would be incomprehensible to a non-philosopher. He's quite right to see the massive holes in the reductionist/materialist agenda. Consciousness is not just a 'spandrel' or side-effect of zombie-like evolution, to be embarassedly brushed under a materialist carpet. It's a massive effect and of huge importance for guiding the behaviour of all animals and especially humans, and may have been at least as, if not more important a factor than random selection effects for developing life on Earth.
I like the way in which, in clear prose, he stresses again and again that a purely phyicalist explanation of the 'world of matter' misses something very important that is non-physical. Not all the Emepror's new mind type efforts to deny mind can hide the glaring hole in the materialist agenda. There IS a non-physical aspect to the world and it may run right through nature. As he says, no theory can be a 'theory of everything' if it omits the non-physical. These beautiful autumn leaves outside my window are not an illusion. Time is not an illusion. Nor is mind. because if these were illusory, for whom would be the illusion? Nagel is right that there is an inside and an outside, a phyical and nono-physial, aspect to everything.
Nagel identifies the need for a teleological spect to this physical/non-physical universe. But he doe'sn't have the 'gift' of religious minded people for seeing the 'smile on the face of God' that is the universe. Thus his teleology is a naturalist one - though it's a wish-list - i.e. he is convinced there is some sort of purpose of 'first cause', and that it is a naturalist one. But it is not yet clear what this could be. Whatever the nature of htis extra-mundane reality, whether it is like Chardin's Omega point or whatever, it will be bound to be very interesting. I suspect that the non-physical aspect will neeed something pretty myerious to explain, on the order of spirit or similar.
This was the first book that I read on my kindle - it was good to have something so ineresting to introduce the new system.
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