I would prefer this not devolve into another "merits" or proof of evolution debate, or a sectarian debate, but rather thought experiment on where eternal evolving could take us.
Since I am of the camp that existence can not be explained simply by the mindless interactions of intelligence-less particles following evident laws-of-motion. That an explanation of existence must include some form of intelligence or self awareness interacting, if not creating particles objectively. (since we certainly do subjectively)
Does anyone have any thought experiment that could suggest that following materialism and evolution from a beginning? to an end?....... creates paradoxes?
Here is a quote of an anon. poster on an insignificant site;
"The fossil record shows that our period of rapid brain growth is over? Excuse me? Is there some directing hand in evolution all of a sudden that dictates a preferred outcome? Strictly speaking, there is absolutely nothing in evolutionary terms that is preventing us from evolving back into bacteria. After all, they are the most successful organisms on the planet at copying their genetic material."
What could be the next step in the evolution of human intelligence, larger physical brains? A.I.?
I would think that materialism require evolution to be cyclic and not linear. But why would intelligence once achieved allow itself to devolve?
Could the life span of a hospitable Eco-system be what limits eternal evolution? Or the possibility that the life span of the universe limits it. An advanced intelligence could find a way to seed a new Eco-system, but could it survive through the universe imploding?
Maybe this topic could at least drag "Tarski" out of hibernation. Does anyone else miss T when he is not posting?
Edited by tana39, 20 March 2011 - 05:09 PM.