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|So what caused the offence? Several things, but consider one: the contention that evolution may tend towards consciousness. Nagel is explicit that he himself is not countenancing a designer. Rather, he wonders whether science needs to entertain the possibility that a teleological trend is immanent in nature. There it is. The t-word -- a major taboo among evolutionary biologists. Goal-directed explanations automatically question your loyalty to Darwin. As Friedrich Engels celebrated, when reading On The Origin of Species in 1859: "There was one aspect of teleology that had yet to be demolished, and that has now been done." But has it? ... The upshot is that Davies himself favours a universe that contains a "life principle". So how come teleology is acceptable among cosmologists? It may be that they are used to the basic assumptions of their science being regularly overturned.|
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