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Re-calculating population statistics

I've come up with a critique of neo-Darwinism that, unusually for me, I express numerically. Consider a species of elephants consisting of an average of one million inter-breeding individuals evolving into a new species over the course of one million years. More...

Reasonable origins of Doubt

My doubts about modern science originate in three observations... From these observations I conclude that physical and evolutionary processes are distinct and different in nature yet equally real, neither is spiritual or supernatural. Yet despite having different natures they can interact to support and express conscious experiences. And, by interacting, they drive evolution. More...

Ontological play

Ontology: that’s arguments about what the world consists of. Here we ask questions like, is there just matter? Or is there both matter and mind? I like to compare “ontologies” in terms of kinds of processes. Are there only physical and chemical processes. Or are there in addition other kinds processes, found only in living creatures, that to some extent can defy the laws of physics.

Can we tell which of these worlds we actually live in? Not absolutely, it’s a matter of opinion, of personal judgment. More...

Finding New Meaning

Manuscript for book, "40-point Compass for Finding New Meaning in Life." I come up with a new magic involving evolution to counter today's dominant magic, physical determinism. Please click the download button below, read, and give me your opinion. Be prepared, it will seem crackpot. But is it? 

Western mysticism? I give it a try

Discoveries in physical and biological sciences have advanced human knowledge far beyond that available to ancient mystics. But where's the wisdom? It's there, you just have to approach that knowledge differently. The key is to limit one's view to ways reason and science can enrich consciousness in the course of a contemporary human lifetime. I've composed a series of four class scripts for a course in which I identify wisdom already implicit in science and reason, and use it to plot a new meaning in life. The course culminates in the development of practices by which that wisdom can be applied to continually enrich consciousness.

You can read script 1 here. Your responses, please. 

 

There's matter. And there's genomes.

There's this site, for coming up with new theories of evolution. And there's my own pet theory. Please distinguish between the two.

My own pet theory is reducing to this: in the context of a contemporary human lifetime, there are two kinds of stuff. There's non-living matter. And there are genomes and the creatures they make and manage. Matter is as science reports it: describable in mathmatical terms, inert and predictable. Genomes are matter that's evolved to be conscious and intelligent. Living creatures they can make conscious and intelligent too. Consciousness and intelligence defy analysis in terms of science and maths. They can be studied only through intuition--a combination of consciousness and intelligence (see my review of Bergson).

Where do angels and demons lie? In the genome. Where do good and evil lie? In the genome. Where is the experience of orgasm specified? In the genome. Where do religions originate? In the genome. Where can we look for meaning? In the genome.

In the context of a contemporary human lifetime matter is well enough understood. What we most need to learn about is how consciousness and intelligence evolved. That is where almost all mystery and romance lie. That is what we most need to approach through new institutions of study and appreciation.