We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Though an exceptionally short book, Mind and Cosmos is nevertheless, in one respect, extraordinarily ambitious. Nagel proposes not merely a new explanation for the origin of life and consciousness, but a new type of explanation: “natural teleology.” If psychophysical reduction is implausible, as Nagel has always insisted, then no materialist neo-Darwinian explanation will ever be satisfactory. The apparent alternative, a theistic-intentional account (i.e., intelligent design by a divinity), does not appeal to Nagel. He simply lacks, he explains, any sense of the divine. His interest is in the territory between the two: a secular account that allows for the emergence of mind as mind...
Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False:
I'd be be rather surprised if I found this among contemporary throngs of neo-Darwinist rightists, whose lifestyling displays have in recent years given them to all sorts of reductions of humanity more aligned with the atheistic left. Not least of them is the my-hormones-made-me-do-it pop fiction of men and women being products of their pants, or the foolish I'm-a-predator-by-nature's-random-design cultism seemed somehow appropriate for conservatives these days.
And that's before we delve into science's increasing upendednesses, where one after another our neo-Darwinian conceptions of nature, archeology, and the cosmos risk being almost certainly false or at the least, terribly incomplete.
Contemporary industrialized Science! has proved its presumed inherent myth-proofing about as successfully as it's kept up with cataloging discovery; not worth a crap.
So there's hope. Maybe rightists will reclaim their loftier, more classically enlightened ideals where people were minds and souls housed in temporary bodies and the universe was a thing of wonder and awe and not a tool to be mastered by the unmitigated prowess of one of its delusional microscopic denizen species...